Ovation names Jason Black original programming VP

U.S. arts network Ovation has appointed Jason Black (pictured) as its VP of original programming and head of digital media.
May 17, 2013

Arts network Ovation has appointed Jason Black (pictured) as its VP of original programming and head of digital media.

Black joins the U.S. network from EQAL Media where he was VP of Celebrity Influencer Networks, overseeing content and social media strategies for websites such as,, and

He will report to Ovation’s senior VP, and head of programming and content strategy, Douglas Strasnick. In the new position, Black is responsible for overseeing the management, development and execution of all original programming on Ovation’s linear channel, as well as, Ovation’s YouTube channel, and VoD.

“Jason is a media rock star,” said Robert Weiss, Ovation’s chief creative officer. “I’ve worked with Jason for nearly 10 years, and there aren’t many folks who can drive this growth in original content with such a unique, diverse background in traditional and digital.

“Jason is the rare executive who not only has terrific creative acumen, but who is also a passionate and sincere disciple of every form of arts and entertainment – from music, film and fine art to theater, literature and dance.”

The news comes after Ovation earlier this month held an Upfront event promoting a slate that will see 236 hours produced this year, including new original programming such as The Kuhnert Chronicles, a series on boundary-pushing artists, and Culture Pop, focusing on creative events and personalities.

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