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Ovation TV stocks up summer slate with docs, series

U.S. arts net Ovation TV has picked up the broadcast rights to a slate of arts and culture docs and series from Orange Smarty, Red Arrow and Nordic World. (Pictured: Let the Scream Be Heard)
July 2, 2015

U.S. arts net Ovation TV has picked up the broadcast rights to a slate of arts and culture docs and series from Orange Smarty, Red Arrow and Nordic World.

From Orange Smarty, the net has licensed the UK series A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun (30 x 60 minutes), which follows property experts as they help house hunters find dream holiday homes in such vacation destinations as Florida, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Spain and Portugal. The series is to debut on Ovation TV on July 6.

Elsewhere, the net has picked up two documentaries from Nordic World. The hour-long Let the Scream be Heard examines the universality of Edvard Munch’s painting ‘The Scream’ through interviews with various Munch experts and contemporary artists, while Stealing History - also an hour-long doc – follows three journalists from Britain, Norway and Pakistan who over two years uncover a network of looters, smugglers, dealers, collectors and academics that plunder ancient artifacts from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Both films will premiere in Ovation’s ‘Spotlight’ slot on Sundays at 12 p.m. EST, with Stealing History bowing on July 19 and Let the Scream be Heard on July 26.

The net has also acquired Red Arrow’s Antiques Road Trip (25 x 60 minutes), which pairs prominent British antique experts and sends them on a road trip across the UK to see who can make the most buying and selling items. The series premieres on Ovation TV on July 27.

“Our programming mandate is to feature shows that prove art is everywhere,” said Scott Woodward, executive VP of programming and production at Ovation TV, in a statement. “This eclectic selection of documentaries and series is a perfect example of that. From artistic profiles and art investigations, to the lighter fare featuring travel, culture and antiquities, we feel this programming will resonate with our curious, art-loving viewers.”

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