Ovation launches in-house production unit, ups execs

U.S. arts network Ovation is creating its own multi-platform production unit, Ovation Studios, to be overseen by Rob Canter (pictured).
May 9, 2013

U.S. arts network Ovation is creating its own multi-platform production unit, Ovation Studios, to be overseen by Rob Canter (pictured).

Ovation Studios will produce close to a dozen arts-focused projects in the months ahead, and is staffing immediately. A state-of-the-art digital studio is being built at the network’s Santa Monica headquarters.

As SVP of head of production and media services – a promotion from his previous post of VP of production and creative services – Canter will be tasked with overseeing all of Ovation’s production-related media services, including the production, shooting and editing of the network’s linear and digital content.

He will continue to report to Robert Weiss, chief creative officer of Ovation.

“Rob is like Scotty on the Enterprise,” said Weiss. “If anyone can figure out how to solve impossible production issues, it’s Rob. I’m honored to work with him on the next phase of Ovation’s content evolution. His incredible work ethic and deep knowledge of production has contributed immensely to Ovation’s success.”

Ovation has also promoted Michelle Zajic to the role of VP of acquisitions and coproductions, and Lori Hall to VP of program scheduling. Zajic has expanded her role to include coproductions, and to that end, will help secure partners and projects that are cause-based and arts-centric.

Both Hall and Zajic report to newly appointed SVP, head of programming and content strategy, Douglas Strasnick.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.