Ovation brings a raft of BBC content to US shores

Michelle Clancy | 14-03-2014

Ovation, the arts-focused cable network, has acquired US premiere broadcast rights to five arts-focused series from BBC Worldwide North America Sales and co-productions. The various series will air in Ovation's new, daily programming block, dubbed Morning Canvas.

"For Morning Canvas we wanted to build a destination for first-class arts and culture documentaries and films. With this slate, we are off to a great start," said Michelle Zajic, vice president of acquisitions and co-productions at Ovation. "We can always rely on BBC Worldwide to deliver high quality content that Ovation viewers love."

The series include Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau; A Very British Murder, exploring how British murders from the early 19th century became a staple of an astonishing range of entertainment; The Aristocrats about famous society families in Britain and Europe, including the Rothschilds, the Shaftesburys, the Marlboroughs of Blenheim and the March family of Goodwood; Treasures of Ancient Egypt; and Unfinished Masterpieces about the appeal of unfinished works of art, from Dickens' unfinished The Mystery of Edwin Drood to Coleridge's Kubla Khan.

"Our vast programming catalogue allowed us to curate an eclectic programming package of factual series tailored to the Ovation audience," said Matt Forde, executive vice president of sales and co-productions of BBC Worldwide North America.