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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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