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Ovation acquires arts slate from BBC Worldwide

The arts-focused U.S. cable network has acquired a slate of factual programs from BBC Worldwide for its daily 'Morning Canvas' programming block, including The Aristocrats (pictured).
March 14, 2014

U.S. cable network Ovation has licensed the American TV rights to several arts-centric factual series from distributor BBC Worldwide.

The programs, which will air during the daily programming block ‘Morning Canvas,’ are Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau (3 x 50 minutes); A Very British Murder (3 x 50 minutes); The Aristocrats (4 x 50 minutes, pictured); Treasures of Ancient Egypt (3 x 50 minutes); and Unfinished Masterpieces (1 x 50 minutes).

“For ‘Morning Canvas’ we wanted to build a destination for first-class arts and culture documentaries and films,” said Ovation’s vice president of acquisitions, Michelle Zajic, in a statement.

Last fall, the fine arts channel hired former TV Guide Network exec Scott Woodward to oversee its content, scheduling, programming, acquisitions, coproductions, development, original programming, on-air promo and digital operations.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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