Ovation is stocking up on factual content. The arts focused cable network has acquired a raft of factual programmes after striking a deal with London based international distributor TVF International, TVWise has learned.
The pact between Ovation and TVF covers a number of factual programmes including War Art with Eddie Redmayne, which sees Redmayne explore war art and how conflict is a compelling stimulus to some of our most-powerful artists, including Paul Nash, Stanley Spencer, John Singer Sargent and Henry Tonks.
Other titles acquired under this deal include Vivaldi: Mystery of The Four Seasons, René Magritte: The Man in the Hat, The Genius of Roald Dahl, The Brilliant Brontë Sisters, Looking for Lowry, Jane Austen: The Unseen Portrait? and In Search of Frida Kahlo. The eight specials will air on Ovation in a new prime time documentary block in early 2016.
Notably, this package deal comes less than a week after the network promoted Lori Hall, with the long-time Ovation exec now taking on responsibility for acquisitions alongside her previous responsibilities for scheduling. As TVWise previously reported, Hall will be attending MIPCOM hunting for further factual and drama series for the network.
“What we loved about his collection is that it features artists celebrating other artists”, Ovation’s Vice President of Program Planning, Scheduling and Acquisitions said in a statement. “The fascination and appreciation comes through in each of these well-made films, which makes for engaging viewing.”