Ovation has promoted long-time executive Lori Hall to the position of Vice President, Program Planning, Scheduling and Acquisitions.
In her new role, Hall will assume responsibility for program acquisitions for the arts focussed cable network. She will also continue to be responsible for program scheduling. Hall will continue to report to Scott Woodward, Executive Vice-President of Programming and Productions for Ovation.
This marks the latest promotion for Lori Hall since she joined Ovation some four years ago. In 2013, she was upped to Vice-President of Program Scheduling and since then has created branded “destination nights”, which include the network’s Morning Canvas and Ovation Spotlight blocks that showcase performing arts and arts documentaries.
“Lori is an invaluable member of our programming team and has been responsible for helping the network achieve significant ratings increases year over year”, said Scott Woodward. “During her tenure with the company, she has developed a keen sense of what our viewers want so expanding her remit to include acquisitions was a natural progression for her and the network.”
Acquisitions are an important part of Ovation’s programming strategy and they frequently snap up arts and drama series out of both the UK and Canada. Notable examples include Sky Arts’ A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Canadian drama series Murdoch Mysteries, which airs on Ovation under the title The Artful Detective. Hall will be attending MIPCOM this October, hunting for scripted and unscripted series, movies and documentaries to premiere on Ovation.
“I’m very excited to be taking on Ovation’s acquisition responsibilities at this time in its evolution. The network is truly becoming a multi-platform media company and licensing content for those platforms is a big priority for us”, added Hall. “I’m looking forward to attending markets like MIPCOM where I have the opportunity to talk with content creators and distributors of all sizes who may have properties available to suit our brand, as well as our linear and digital needs.”