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Ovation launches in-house production unit, ups execs

U.S. arts network Ovation is creating its own multi-platform production unit, Ovation Studios, to be overseen by Rob Canter (pictured).
May 9, 2013

U.S. arts network Ovation is creating its own multi-platform production unit, Ovation Studios, to be overseen by Rob Canter (pictured).

Ovation Studios will produce close to a dozen arts-focused projects in the months ahead, and is staffing immediately. A state-of-the-art digital studio is being built at the network’s Santa Monica headquarters.

As SVP of head of production and media services – a promotion from his previous post of VP of production and creative services – Canter will be tasked with overseeing all of Ovation’s production-related media services, including the production, shooting and editing of the network’s linear and digital content.

He will continue to report to Robert Weiss, chief creative officer of Ovation.

“Rob is like Scotty on the Enterprise,” said Weiss. “If anyone can figure out how to solve impossible production issues, it’s Rob. I’m honored to work with him on the next phase of Ovation’s content evolution. His incredible work ethic and deep knowledge of production has contributed immensely to Ovation’s success.”

Ovation has also promoted Michelle Zajic to the role of VP of acquisitions and coproductions, and Lori Hall to VP of program scheduling. Zajic has expanded her role to include coproductions, and to that end, will help secure partners and projects that are cause-based and arts-centric.

Both Hall and Zajic report to newly appointed SVP, head of programming and content strategy, Douglas Strasnick.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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