U.S. arts network Ovation is boosting its original programming with The Kuhnert Chronicles, a series on boundary-pushing artists, and Culture Pop, focusing on creative events and personalities.
The slate will see 236 hours produced this year, compared with 46 hours of original programming in 2012, with 16 shows on the development slate for 2014.
The Kuhnert Chronicles, a 12 x one-hour series, follows art expert Flynn Kuhnert and his sister Tara as they journey across the globe, exploring art history. It premieres in the summer.
Elsewhere, The Art of…, a 20 x one-hour series premiering in July, celebrates boundary-pushing artists, including tattoo artists, mixologists and mechanics; while Culture Pop, a 26 x one-hour series, uses interviews, field reports and user-generated content to show the latest events and personalities in every creative field. It premieres in June.
In addition, Cinema Confidential, a 11 x one-hour series sees top actors, directors and screenwriters sitting down with film critic Elvis Mitchell at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to offer insight into their projects, and premieres this summer.
The projects in fast-track development include Extreme Art, The Mentor, Pickup Artists, Confessions of a Gallerista, and The Nutcracker: Behind the Curtain.
All of the projects will be multi-platform, and most are being produced by the network’s recently launched Ovation Studios,
“This is truly a historic moment for Ovation,” said Robert Weiss, Ovation’s chief creative officer. “Art is in the DNA of everything we do. We are literally taking our number of original programming hours and boosting them by over 400%. With this seismic shift in our programming focus, we are making the leap to become a full-service arts network – America’s only arts network.”
Weiss also said the network’s new brand strategy and network tagline would be “Art Everywhere.”