Ovation TV Presents the Exclusive U.S. Premiere of “Murdoch Mysteries”





Ovation TV Presents the Exclusive U.S. Premiere of “Murdoch Mysteries” Season 15 on Saturday, February 26
The new season will be the series’ longest to date with a total of 24 episodes, including two episodes directed by series star Yannick Bisson and one episode written by Maureen Jennings, author of the novels on which the TV series is based.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
OVATION TV PRESENTS THE EXCLUSIVE U.S. PREMIERE OF “MURDOCH MYSTERIES” SEASON 15 ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26

The Mystery Series Reaches a TV Milestone with Season 15, Joining the Ranks of Other Beloved Long-Running Series like ER, Supernatural, and Criminal Minds

Los Angeles, CA – December 16, 2021 – Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, announces the return of its successful detective series Murdoch Mysteries with a record fifteenth season, coming off the heels of season fourteen, the series’ highest rated season on the network. As the internationally acclaimed series returns to Mystery Alley, the network’s Saturday night linear destination, audiences will continue to experience compelling mysteries with unique turn-of-the-century historic references that resonate with current and contemporary social issues. The fifteenth season will be the series’ longest to date with a total of twenty-four episodes, including two episodes directed by series star Yannick Bisson and one episode written by Maureen Jennings, author of the novels on which the TV series is based. Ovation TV presents the exclusive U.S. premiere of Murdoch Mysteries season 15 on Saturday, February 26th at 7pm ET.

Need to catch up on the series before the February 26th premiere? Past seasons of the juggernaut series are available to binge for free on Ovation TV’s Mystery Alley, a curated content offering currently available as a FAST channel on Plex, DistroTV, and Freebie.tv, and through the Ovation NOW app on Roku, iOS, Apple TV, Android. Mystery Alley is a free ad-supported viewing experience that provides Murdoch fans with countless hours of the series to relive.

For fans craving more Murdoch Mysteries content, Ovation TV will release a series of custom interstitials featuring interviews of the cast and writers getting candid about the evolution of the show over the years. Viewers are taken behind the curtain as the writers provide some tried and true tips in how to craft a masterful mystery and how, despite a 24-episode season, they never seem to run out of ideas for murders and fun historical cameo appearances. The show’s stars also hint at some exciting bombshells this season that will surely delight fans. On air, each premiere episode will feature a behind-the-scenes short-form vignette, with extended versions available on Ovation NOW.

Season fifteen opens with Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) as he journeys to Montreal, seeking to find and protect his son, Harry (Etienne Kellici), from the Black Hand gang. Murdoch’s wife, Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), assists him with a challenging case at a women’s reformatory by going undercover, but back at the hospital she faces opposition and censure when she tries to assist a woman in grave pain, causing potentially irreparable damage to her career. Elsewhere, Brackenreid’s (Thomas Craig) son has sprung loose from jail and is on the run after a murder at the Kingston Pen; Crabtree (Jonny Harris) finds himself in a compromised situation as he tries to save Effie (Clare McConnell) from her kidnappers; Violet Hart (Shanice Banton) explores an interesting way to deal with her not-so-new husband; and Watts (Daniel Maslany), still embroiled in an illicit affair, encounters a brand-new murder mystery.

Other cases this season include a death threat against Dr. Sigmund Freud when he and his colleagues, including Carl Jung, visit Toronto for a lecture. At Halloween, a violent clown is tormenting young lovers and the shooting of a political cartoonist at an awards ceremony appears to have ties to journalistic jealousy and new development projects in the city of Toronto. Later in the season, the murder of a stage manager with compromising film images of actress Mary Pickford could complicate her path to New York and stardom. And when Murdoch, Ogden, Harry, Crabtree, and a team of ragtag players attend an out-of-town basketball tournament, Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, is implicated in the murder of the mayor.

Season fifteen’s guest stars include Colin Mochrie as Private Investigator-turned-psychotic murderer Ralph Fellows, Peter Stebbings as inventive entrepreneur James Pendrick, Peter Keleghan as intrepid spy Terrence Myers in a bizarre covert situation, and a special appearance by the champion Toronto Raptors’ coach Nick Nurse.

For more information about previous seasons, please visit https://www.ovationtv.com/murdoch-mysteries/.

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Arts Engines, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Midsomer Murders, The Art Of, Celebrity Conversations, and The Sound of New York. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 130 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.



Beloved British Drama Series “Doc Martin” Is Coming to Ovation TV





Beloved British Drama Series “Doc Martin” Is Coming to Ovation TV Starting Thursday, December 9
Viewers can enjoy a double dose of British mystery every Thursday night, with three episodes of “Doc Martin” airing immediately after four episodes of “Death in Paradise.”
[via press release from Ovation TV]
BELOVED BRITISH DRAMA SERIES “DOC MARTIN” IS COMING TO OVATION TV STARTING THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9

Doc Martin to Follow Death in Paradise, Expanding Thursday Nights with a Double Dose of British Mystery

Los Angeles, CA – November 17, 2021 Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, will begin airing the first five seasons of British drama series Doc Martin next month. Created by Dominic Minghella, Doc Martin is a beloved dramedy produced by Buffalo Pictures and executive produced by Mark Crowdy. Martin Clunes stars as the gruff Doc Martin in this comedic fish out of water tale about a city doctor who moves to the country. Doc Martin will air in three-hour blocks starting on Thursday, December 9th at 11pm ET. Viewers can enjoy a double dose of British mystery every Thursday night, with three episodes of Doc Martin airing immediately after four episodes of Death in Paradise.

When the brilliant but socially awkward and neurotic Doc Martin develops an aversion to blood, he abandons his career as a celebrated London surgeon and becomes the only doctor in a sleepy small town where his tactless manner soon has the whole town in an uproar. Season one will begin airing on Thursday, December 9th. Season two will begin airing on Thursday, December 23rd. Additional seasons will air in 2022.

Episodes will also be available on demand and on the Ovation NOW app via Roku, iOS devices, Apple TV, and Android. Episode descriptions are below.

Episode 101 “Camino a Bodmin” airs Thursday, December 9 at 11pm ET

When a vacancy arises in the sleepy Cornish hamlet of Portwenn, Dr Martin Ellingham jumps at the chance, but later realizes that adjusting to village life is not going to be plain sailing. In his sharp suits and flashy car, Martin is like a fish out of water, and his brusque manner does not go down too well with some of the locals.

Episode 102 “Gentlemen Prefer” airs Friday, December 10 at 12am ET

Martin has decided to stay in Portwenn but realizes that he will have to make some changes to the way in which the surgery is run. When he refers Roger the former teacher for a biopsy, the results bring bad news. Roger is also bitter because Louisa got his old job. Martin also fires Elaine for inefficiency – only to find that the entire village shun him.

Episode 103 “S… Happens” airs Friday, December 10 at 1am ET

Martin makes his debut on a local radio station – but doesn’t make a great impression on the interviewer, Bert and Al argue over Al’s plans to go to college, and a nasty stomach bug sweeps through the village – but is the swimming pool or the water to blame? Meanwhile, Louise is keen to make amends with Martin, but then Mark invites himself along too.

Episode 104 “El Efecto Portwenn” airs Thursday, December 16 at 11pm ET

The Portwenn Players dance is being held in the village. Louisa buys two tickets and invites Martin along, but as dancing and social occasions are not his thing he turns her down. Louisa then invites Mark instead. He is over the moon and asks Martin’s advice on his lack of success with the opposite sex.

Episode 105 “Of All the Harbors in All the Towns” airs Friday, December 17 at 12am ET

An old flame of Joan’s sails back into her life and sweeps her off her feet, then Martin discovers that the man is seriously ill. Elsewhere, schoolgirl Melanie develops a crush on the doctor and Martin fears her father’s wrath when she keeps showing up at the surgery.

Episode 106 “Haemophobia” airs Friday, December 17 at 1am ET

Martin doesn’t take kindly to the influx of holidaymakers, and his attempts to point out the dangers of sunbathing to one woman don’t come across very well. Elsewhere, gossip spreads about Martin’s phobia of blood and he becomes the subject of a practical joke in the pub, and one of Louisa’s pupils has an accident and an ambulance has to be called to take him to Truro for emergency treatment.

For more information, please visit ovationtv.com.

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Arts Engines, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Midsomer Murders, The Art Of, Celebrity Conversations, and The Sound of New York. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 130 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.



Get an Early Start to the Holiday Season as Ovation TV Celebrates





Get an Early Start to the Holiday Season as Ovation TV Celebrates with a Lineup of Nutcracker Ballets and Holiday Films
A specially curated programming destination will be available to view on demand and on the Ovation NOW app, streaming early and free to all starting November 22, via Roku, iOS devices, Apple TV, and Android.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
GET AN EARLY START TO THE HOLIDAY SEASON AS OVATION TV CELEBRATES WITH A LINEUP OF NUTCRACKER BALLETS AND HOLIDAY FILMS

“There’s No Place Like Ovation For The Holidays” Curated Programming Destination Will Be Available On-Air, On Demand, and Free to All on the Ovation NOW App

Los Angeles, CA – November 17, 2021 – Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, is pleased to announce upcoming programming for the holiday season. Year after year, viewers come to Ovation TV for Nutcracker ballet productions and holiday films and 2021 is no exception. A specially curated programming destination will be available to view on demand and on the Ovation NOW app, streaming early and free to all starting November 22, via Roku, iOS devices, Apple TV, and Android.

Ovation TV offers a variety of holiday films starring audience favorites, including Deck the Halls with Gabrielle Carteris, Christmas Do Over with Daphne Zuniga and Jay Mohr, My First Miracle with Sean Patrick Flanery, Home by Christmas with Linda Hamilton, A Frosty Affair with Jewel Staite, Chasing Christmas with Tom Arnold and Andrea Roth, and Eve’s Christmas with Elisa Donovan, among others. Plus, the network continues to present beloved Nutcracker productions that viewers expect from Ovation TV – this year, from Redondo Ballet and Kader Belarbi.

Every weekend in December, the network will air the above holiday films and specials, including the television premiere of Redondo Ballet’s Snow Queen Nutcracker production. Full linear programming schedule is below. This December, there’s no place like Ovation for the holidays.

Friday, December 3
5:00pm ET: Christmas Do Over (2006)

Saturday, December 4
6:00am ET: The Art Of: Holidays
6:30am ET: Deck the Halls (2005)
8:30am ET: Christmas Do Over (2006)

Sunday, December 5
1:00am ET: A Merry Murdoch Christmas (2015)
6:00am ET: An Accidental Christmas (2007)
8:00am ET: Chasing Christmas (2005)

Friday, December 10
5:00pm ET: Home by Christmas (2006)

Sunday, December 12
6:00am ET: A Merry Murdoch Christmas (2015)
8:00am ET: Getting to the Nutcracker
10:00am ET: Snow Queen (2020)
12:00pm ET: The Nutcracker by Kader Belarbi (2021)

Friday, December 17
5:00pm ET: My First Miracle (2017)

Saturday, December 18
6:00am ET: The 12 Dogs of Christmas (2006)
8:30am ET: A Frosty Affair (2017)

Sunday, December 19
6:00am ET: Eve’s Christmas (2004)
8:00am ET: My First Miracle (2017)

Saturday, December 25
7:00am ET: The Art Of: Holidays
7:30am ET: An Accidental Christmas (2007)
9:30am ET: My First Miracle (2017)

Sunday, December 26
6:00am ET: His and Her Christmas (2005)
8:00am ET: Home by Christmas (2006)
10:00am ET: Home for the Holidays (2005)

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Arts Engines, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Midsomer Murders, The Art Of, Celebrity Conversations, and The Sound of New York. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 130 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.



Ovation TV Signs Deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment for Five Seasons of Classic Mystery Series





Ovation TV Signs Deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment for Five Seasons of Classic Mystery Series “Hart to Hart” Starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers
The network will begin airing the series, starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers, on Wednesday, November 17 at 7:00/6:00c.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
OVATION TV SIGNS DEAL WITH SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT FOR FIVE SEASONS OF CLASSIC MYSTERY SERIES “HART TO HART” STARRING ROBERT WAGNER AND STEFANIE POWERS

First Season to Air on Ovation TV Beginning Wednesday, November 17

Deal Also Includes Eight Made-For-Television Movies

Los Angeles, CA – October 28, 2021 – Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, has acquired the non-exclusive U.S. linear and AVOD rights for classic mystery series Hart to Hart from Sony Pictures Entertainment. The deal includes five seasons (110×60′) of the series as well as eight made-for-television movies (8×90′). The network will begin airing the series, starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers, on Wednesday, November 17 at 7pm ET. Episodes will air back-to-back in four-hour blocks. The announcement was made today by Scott Woodward, EVP Programming and Production, Ovation TV.

Hart to Hart stars Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers as Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy couple who lead a glamorous jet set lifestyle and regularly find themselves working as un-paid detectives in order to solve crimes in which they become embroiled. The series was created by novelist and television writer Sidney Sheldon (The Patty Duke Show, I Dream of Jeannie). Developed by Tom Mankiewicz (Live and Let Die, Superman: The Movie), the series was executive produced by the legendary Aaron Spelling (Dynasty, Beverly Hills, 90210) and Leonard Goldberg (Fantasy Island, Blue Bloods).

“We are pleased to add the classic Hart to Hart to our growing slate of premium drama series,” stated Scott Woodward, EVP of Programming and Production, Ovation TV. “The series will find its home on Wednesday nights during primetime, as a companion to our popular Mystery Alley franchise that airs on Saturday nights. The network continues to look for classic mystery programming that our discerning audience enjoys watching again and again.”

Additional seasons and the made-for-tv movies will begin airing in 2022. For more information, please visit http://www.ovationtv.com.

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Arts Engines, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Midsomer Murders, The Art Of, Celebrity Conversations, and The Sound of New York. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 130 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.



Ovation TV Sets November 11 for World Television Premiere of “The Young Leaders – One Young World Stories”





Ovation TV Sets November 11 for World Television Premiere of “The Young Leaders – One Young World Stories”
The documentary covers key global goals including gender equality, biodiversity, LGBT+ rights, and refugees, following the inspiring stories of six young leaders and One Young World, the organization that has given them the global platform to accelerate their social impact.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
OVATION TV SETS NOVEMBER 11 FOR WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE OF “THE YOUNG LEADERS – ONE YOUNG WORLD STORIES”

Co-Produced by Ovation TV and Blue Planet Films, the Michael Sheen-Narrated Documentary Focuses on Inspiring Young Leaders Changing the World

Los Angeles, CA – September 22, 2021 Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, has set Thursday, November 11 as the world television premiere date for The Young Leaders – One Young World Stories. The documentary covers key global goals including gender equality, biodiversity, LGBT+ rights, and refugees, following the inspiring stories of six young leaders and One Young World, the organization that has given them the global platform to accelerate their social impact. The film is being coproduced by Ovation TV and Blue Planet Films and is directed by Bruce Robertson. The film will air on Ovation TV on Thursday, November 11 at 7pm ET and will also be available on the same day in the Ovation NOW app’s “Art House” and on Ovation’s JOURNY app.

Through the artistic medium of documentary filmmaking and storytelling, Ovation TV, a longtime supporter of arts advocacy and activism, presents the story of six young leaders from diverse backgrounds who are creating a better future through One Young World. The film is narrated by Michael Sheen, a multi-award-winning Welsh actor and RADA graduate known for his extensive work across film, TV, and stage, as well as his charity work. Supporting all kinds of artistic expression, Ovation is also pleased to share that composer Mic Burns (BBC’s Race Across the World) has created an original musical score to accompany the film.

“We are proud to coproduce this documentary about these One Young World Ambassadors with Blue Planet Films,” stated Charles Segars, CEO of Ovation TV. “The power of art allows us to capture the strength and resilience of these Ambassadors, and to demonstrate to the globe all of the great work being done by One Young World.”

“Making this film has been an amazing journey, and a privilege to be able to tell such incredible stories. These remarkable Young Leaders have achieved extraordinary things, triumphing over hardship and adversity – to make a difference in the World. Filming remotely in five countries has been challenging, but this really has been a Team effort,” added producer/director Bruce Robertson. “It has been a joy to collaborate with wonderful filmmakers from so many countries and great to work with Ovation TV, who had the insight to give these Young Leaders the opportunity to tell their stories, and gave us artistic freedom to make the film. Over the months we have made some great working relationships and hope to continue to develop these. I would like to thank One Young World, who are the inspiration for these Young Leaders who make the World a better place, and without them this film could not have been made.”

David Jones, Co-Founder, One Young World said: “We’re incredibly proud to partner with Ovation TV to launch One Young World’s first documentary. The film is all about giving a platform to these six brilliant young leaders to tell their story, in their own words, of how they have overcome adversity to make a hugely positive impact on the world. Ovation and One Young World share the same mission and objective to scale their impact by telling these important stories to as wide a global audience as possible.”

David Jones, co-founder of One Young World, and John Malkin, EVP of Content Distribution at Ovation TV, attend the 9/21 Goals House at UNGA Screening of the Documentary at Soho House, NYC.

One Young World is the global forum that identifies, promotes, and connects the world’s most impactful young leaders to create a better world with more responsible, more effective leadership. The annual One Young World Summit convenes the brightest young talent from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact. Delegates from 190+ countries are counseled by influential political, business, and humanitarian leaders such as Justin Trudeau, Paul Polman, and Meghan Markle. Delegates return to their communities and organizations with the means and motivation to make a difference, accessing the global network of 12,000+ young leaders.

The six One Young World ambassadors featured in The Young Leaders are Yeonmi Park, Hyppolite Ntigurirwa, Tabata Amaral, Amir Ashour, Lina Khalifeh, and Nicolle Fagan. Their incredible stories are featured below:

Yeonmi Park – Yeomni escaped the horrors of North Korea, only to be sold as a sex slave in China. She is now a leading human rights activist, with over 80 million hits on social media.

Hyppolite Ntigurirwa – Hyppolite survived the genocide in Rwanda, where over one million people were slaughtered. He is now leading the way for peace and reconciliation in his country. He is the founder of Be the Peace, an organization focusing on the use of art to halt the intergenerational transmission of hate and to promote the power of cross-generational healing.

Tabata Amaral – Tabata was brought up in poverty in the favelas of Sao Paulo, by her mother and her inspirational drug addict father. She went on to Harvard to study astrophysics and is now the youngest serving woman politician in the Brazilian Parliament.

Amir Ashour – Amir was a leading gay activist in Iraq. He had to flee for his life after the police came looking to shut him up for good. He is studying to become an international human rights lawyer at Harvard and is the founder of IraQueer, Iraq’s first and only LGBT+ organization.

Lina Khalifeh – Lina comes from Jordan and was appalled when one of her friends was beaten up for her wage packet by the male members of her family. She formed SheFighter, the first Self-Defense studio for women-only started in the Middle East. She has trained over 20,000 women self-defense in countries all around the Middle East.

Nicolle Fagan – Nicolle came up with a brilliant idea that helps save the Pacific Island paradise of Palau. She co-created Palau Pledge – a groundbreaking environmental initiative that requires visitors to sign a passport pledge to act in an ecologically responsible way on the island, for the sake of Palau’s children and future generations of Palauans.

David Jones, co-founder of One Young World; OYW Ambassador Nicolle Fagan; OYW Ambassador Lina Khalifeh; and John Malkin, EVP of Content Distribution at Ovation TV, attend the 9/21 Goals House at UNGA Screening of the Documentary at Soho House, NYC.

Lina Khalifeh, founder of She Fighter, said, “When my friend was beaten by a member of her family, it made me think of all of the other vulnerable women across the world who should not be forced to live in fear. If being able to tell my story about setting up SheFighter reaches more women who are inspired to stand up and protect themselves, then this documentary will be an incredibly powerful thing.”

For more information, please visit http://www.OvationTV.com/The-Young-Leaders-One-Young-World-Stories/

About One Young World

One Young World is the global forum for young leaders. The annual One Young World Summit convenes the brightest young talent from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact. Delegates from 190+ countries are counselled by influential political, business and humanitarian leaders such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Dame Jane Goodall, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Duchess of Sussex, amongst many other global figures. One Young World’s mission is to create a better world, with more responsible and more effective leadership. Every year, One Young World achieves this by identifying, promoting and connecting the world’s most impactful young leaders. One Young World offers an unrivalled platform to affect change at a global level, with over 12,000 Ambassadors in the network driving innovation worldwide, directly impacting more than 30.4 million people around the world. In 2020 for every $1 invested, One Young World Ambassadors deliver $16 of social value. Partners include AstraZeneca, Audi, BMW, Christian Dior, Credit Suisse, Citigroup, Clifford Chance, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, General Electric, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, LafargeHolcim, L’Oréal, Novartis, RB, Siemens, Swarovski, Unilever & Verizon. To date, Summits have taken place in London (2010), Zurich (2011), Pittsburgh (2012), Johannesburg (2013), Dublin (2014), Bangkok (2015), Ottawa (2016), Bogotá (2017), The Hague (2018) and London (2019).

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically-acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Luther, Midsomer Murders, Landscape Artist of the Year, Grand Designs, Amazing Hotels, Chasing the Sun, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 130 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV, AT&T TV, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.



Season Four of “Frankie Drake Mysteries” to Make U.S. Debut on Ovation TV





Season Four of “Frankie Drake Mysteries” to Make U.S. Debut on Ovation TV; Premieres October 2 During Mystery Alley Block
As an arts network dedicated to celebrating and presenting all forms of art, Ovation will also air the “Frankie Drake Mysteries: Music at Midnight” concert special.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
SEASON FOUR OF “FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES” TO MAKE U.S. DEBUT ON OVATION TV; PREMIERES OCTOBER 2 DURING MYSTERY ALLEY BLOCK

Arts Network Co-Producing Toronto Symphony Orchestra Concert Special, Filmed on the Frankie Drake Set, Airing on September 25

Ovation Producing Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Content with Cast Members

Labor Day Marathon of Seasons Two and Three Also Scheduled

Los Angeles, CA – August 16, 2021 Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, has set the U.S. premiere date for the fourth season of the beloved drama series Frankie Drake Mysteries. Starring Lauren Lee Smith, Chantel Riley, Rebecca Liddiard and Sharron Matthews, the new season will air during the network’s Mystery Alley programming block, its Saturday night linear destination that celebrates the craft of mystery storytelling. Season four will begin airing on Ovation TV on Saturday, October 2 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.

As an arts network dedicated to celebrating and presenting all forms of art, Ovation will also air the Frankie Drake Mysteries: Music at Midnight concert special. A co-production from Ovation, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), and Shaftesbury Films, the socially distant concert event was filmed on the set of Frankie Drake Mysteries, adhering to the strict COVID protocols of the time. Giving fans of the series the opportunity to see and hear something different and unexpected, the special features performances by series stars Chantel Riley and Sharron Matthews alongside series composer Robert Carli and the TSO. The special will air on Ovation TV the week preceding the fourth season premiere, on Saturday, September 25 at 7pm ET.

Ovation TV has also produced a series of custom interstitials featuring the ladies of Drake Detective Agency getting candid about the evolution of their respective characters. From Frankie confronting her fractured relationship with her father to Trudy solidifying her independence, each of the women offer a more intimate look at their character’s lives. Each premiere episode will feature a quick 30-second behind-the-scenes look for viewers with an extended, longer-form vignette also available for consumers on demand on the Ovation NOW app. The cast also discusses the fabulous fashion that the series always delivers, and how the costume design helps serve as a form of expression and freedom for the fearless foursome.

For those looking to catch up on the series before the season four premiere, Ovation will be hosting a Labor Day marathon of the second season, starting at 8am ET, followed by the third season, starting at 6pm ET.

The fourth season opens with our intrepid detectives and their best gal pals traipsing through the woods on a scavenger hunt that quickly turns deadly. From the wilderness to the world of high society, from an underground cabaret to a candy factory, Frankie (Smith) and Trudy (Riley) investigate murders, kidnappings, heists and poisonings. Using her position as a morality officer, Mary (Liddiard)’s able to snoop through police files and be privy to non-civilian discussions, while Flo (Matthews) lends a hand with autopsy reports, science experiments, and her newly acquired medical skills.

Busy with their professional lives, the team also finds time for personal pursuits. This season, Frankie has a European race car-driving beau, Trudy’s dreams for a home, sweet home are closer than ever, Mary falls for the wrong fella, and Flo starts a family. And, as always, Frankie Drake Mysteries promises high-stakes danger, excitement, intrigue, and friendship.

Season four episodes will be available on demand and on the Ovation NOW app the following day. Episode descriptions below:

Episode 401 “Scavenger Hunt” Airs Saturday, October 2 at 7pm ET

Our gals are on a spirited scavenger hunt. When a player is murdered, they need to solve if it’s case of killing off the competition or more personal.

Episode 402 “Prince in Exile” Airs Saturday, October 9 at 7pm ET

When a playboy Prince is kidnapped, the team has to be discreet as they investigate so to avoid an international incident.

Episode 403 “The Girls Can’t Help It” Airs Saturday, October 16 at 7pm ET

Frankie and Trudy cross paths with a trio of flappers and head into an illegal auction as they investigate the theft of a priceless bottle of wine.

Episode 404 “A Most Foiled Assault” Airs Saturday, October 23 at 7pm ET

When the coach of Canada’s first female fencing team is murdered and a fencer is wrongly arrested, Frankie and Trudy are tasked with the solve.

Episode 405 “Ghost in the Machine” Airs Saturday, October 30 at 7pm ET

Convinced she was visited by the ghost of a murdered woman; Nora makes Frankie and Trudy search their building leading to a shocking discovery.

Episode 406 “The Guilty Party” Airs Saturday, November 6 at 7pm ET

A man acquitted of a grisly murder is still a suspect. The clock ticks as the team investigate whether or not he is the guilty party.

Episode 407 “Life is a Cabaret” Airs Saturday, November 13 at 7pm ET

After witnessing a man’s murder, Frankie’s search for his lady-friend suspect leads her to an underground cabaret and surprising results.

Episode 408 “Sweet Justice” Airs Saturday, November 20 at 7pm ET

When Trudy discovers that her new dream home has contaminated water, the gals investigate the source with help from nighttime vigilante, Lady Justice.

Episode 409 “Showstoppers” Airs Saturday, November 27 at 7pm ET

Mary looks into a morality violation by Rita Hart’s modern dance troupe and Frankie questions if they’ve brought the Spanish Flu to Toronto.

Episode 410 “A Family Affair” Airs Saturday, December 4 at 7pm ET

A shakeup in all our gals’ lives sees Frankie’s dad alive but in danger, Trudy leave DPD, Mary going on the record, and Flo’s new family threatened.

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically-acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Luther, Midsomer Murders, Landscape Artist of the Year, Grand Designs, Amazing Hotels, Chasing the Sun, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 130 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV, AT&T TV, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.



Ovation TV Picks Up Fourth Season of “Frankie Drake Mysteries” from DCD Rights





Ovation TV Picks Up Fourth Season of “Frankie Drake Mysteries” from DCD Rights
The deal includes the fourth season of the drama series as well as a musical special titled “Frankie Drake Mysteries: Music at Midnight” featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
OVATION TV PICKS UP FOURTH SEASON OF “FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES” FROM DCD RIGHTS

Deal Includes Frankie Drake Concert Special, A Co-Production from Ovation, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Shaftesbury

Los Angeles, CA – August 5, 2021 Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights for the fourth season of Frankie Drake Mysteries from DCD Rights. As part of the network’s Mystery Alley programming block, the deal includes the fourth season (10×60′) of the drama series as well as a musical special titled Frankie Drake Mysteries: Music at Midnight (1×60′) featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). The announcement was made today by Scott Woodward, EVP Programming and Production, Ovation.

Set in 1920s Toronto, the series follows the adventures of Frankie Drake (Lauren Lee Smith) and her partner Trudy Clarke (Chantel Riley) at Drake Private Detectives, the city’s only all-female detective agency, as they find themselves fighting crime in the age of flyboys, gangsters, rumrunners, and speakeasies. Season four of Frankie Drake Mysteries opens with our intrepid detectives and their best gal pals, Mary Shaw (Rebecca Liddiard) and Flo Chakowitz (Sharron Matthews), traipsing through the woods on a scavenger hunt that quickly turns deadly. From the wilderness to the world of high society, from an underground cabaret to a candy factory, Frankie and Trudy investigate murders, kidnappings, heists and poisonings. Using her position as a morality officer, Mary’s able to snoop through police files and be privy to non-civilian discussions, while Flo lends a hand with autopsy reports, science experiments, and her newly acquired medical skills.

Frankie Drake Mysteries: Music at Midnight is a coproduction from Ovation TV, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), and Shaftesbury featuring performances from series stars Chantel Riley and Sharron Matthews alongside series composer Robert Carli and members of the TSO. A concert event that takes place on the set of Frankie Drake Mysteries, the special gives fans of the series the opportunity to see and hear something different and unexpected. Filmed during COVID-19 and following strict safety protocols, Frankie Drake Mysteries: Music at Midnight was a way to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to live performance and showcase Frankie Drake Mysteries and the TSO’s ability to adapt and expand through creative collaborations.

“Having the Toronto Symphony Orchestra perform on the Frankie Drake set was an amazing opportunity to combine Ovation’s mission of celebrating artistic expression with a fan-favorite drama series,” stated Woodward. “Mixing the art of storytelling with the art of music is the perfect blend of programming that Ovation is always looking to share with our audience.”

International distributor Nicky Davies Williams, CEO, DCD Rights added, “A huge hit with viewers around the world, we are delighted that Frankie Drake Mysteries will continue to be broadcast on Ovation, one of the world’s foremost arts and entertainment networks.”

Both the special and the fourth season will air this fall.

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically-acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Luther, Midsomer Murders, Landscape Artist of the Year, Grand Designs, Amazing Hotels, Chasing the Sun, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 130 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV, AT&T TV, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.

About DCD

DCD Rights is one of the UK’s leading independent television programming distributors representing 3,200 hours of content across a wide range of genres, including drama, factual entertainment, lifestyle, music, documentary programming and formats. DCD Rights’ catalogue contains shows from top international producers/directors and independent producers and also features classic and cutting-edge concerts. An independent for more than 30 years, the company formerly named NBDtv became part of production and distribution group DCD Media plc in 2006. Find out more on www.dcdrights.com.



Ben Whishaw, Dominic West and Romola Garai Star in “The Hour”





Ben Whishaw, Dominic West and Romola Garai Star in “The Hour,” Coming to Ovation TV on Saturday, July 17
The series is a behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller set in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news program.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
BEN WHISHAW, DOMINIC WEST AND ROMOLA GARAI STAR IN “THE HOUR,” COMING TO OVATION TV ON SATURDAY, JULY 17

Behind-the-Scenes News Drama and Espionage Thriller to Air During Mystery Alley Programming Block

Los Angeles, CA – June 9, 2021 Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, has set Saturday, July 17th as the network premiere date for the first season of the award-winning drama series The Hour. Starring Ben Whishaw (No Time to Die, FX’s Fargo), Dominic West (Stateless, The Crown), and Romola Garai (writer/director of Amulet), The Hour is a widely acclaimed original, sexy thriller set in the world of television journalism in the 1950s. The arts network will begin airing season one on Saturday, July 17 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT during the network’s Mystery Alley programming block, its linear destination that celebrates the craft of mystery storytelling.

The series is a behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller set in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news program. With the Suez Crisis brewing in the background, a small team of British journalists launches an hourlong investigative news show on BBC television called THE HOUR. Producer Bel Rowley (Romola Garai) pulls in Freddie Lyon (Ben Whishaw), the best reporter she knows, to serve as the show’s home affairs correspondent, while the handsome and charismatic Hector Madden (Dominic West) gets the coveted position of presenter.

Episode descriptions below:

Episode 101 airs Saturday, July 17 at 7pm ET

June 1956. BBC reporters and soulmates Bel Rowley and Freddie Lyon spot their opportunity to be a part of a brand new current affairs program at Lime Grove Studios. But as Freddie’s interview looms, a chance meeting with an old friend finds him pursuing a new story and thrusts him deep into the middle of a dark and dangerous conspiracy.

Episode 102 airs Saturday, July 24 at 7pm ET

The Hour is struggling; the ratings are down, the reviews are terrible and Hector and Freddie are bickering like children. As events escalate in Suez, Bel knows their only hope is to pull off a brave interview with an Egyptian diplomat but is Hector up to the challenge? Meanwhile Freddie discovers a mysterious code which may well provide a clue to Ruth’s death.

Episode 103 airs Saturday, July 31 at 7pm ET

A weekend invite to a shooting party at Hector’s in-laws gives Freddie an opportunity to quiz Adam Le Ray on his relationship with Ruth, whilst Hector struggles with his ailing marriage and his growing feelings for Bel. At the office, suspicion about Tom Kish is mounting and Isaac’s on the case.

Episode 104 airs Saturday, August 7 at 7pm ET

It’s Freddie’s birthday and the effects of Tom’s death are still being felt around the newsroom. Two huge news stories are breaking but Freddie’s disappeared and it’s a newly confident Hector who’s leading the charge. Meanwhile Bel and Hector’s affair gathers steam and Isaac’s got his eye on Sissy.

Episode 105 airs Saturday, August 14 at 7pm ET

The war in Suez has the country divided and McCain steps up his pressure on The Hour to tow a pro-government line but with a huge anti-war protest gathering in London, Freddie has other ideas. Meanwhile pressure mounts on Bel and Hector when news of their affair gets out and Lix helps Freddie with an important lead.

Episode 106 airs Saturday, August 21 at 7pm ET

The Hour is about to go live and there are tensions for all as they prepare to defy government instruction and deliver a controversial episode on the crisis in Suez. Freddie finally learns what happened to Ruth, and Hector and Bel come to a decision on their affair.

Episodes will be available on demand and on the Ovation NOW app the following day.

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically-acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Luther, Midsomer Murders, Landscape Artist of the Year, Grand Designs, Amazing Hotels, Chasing the Sun, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 130 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV, AT&T TV, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.



Ovation TV Sets a Summer of “Secrets & Crimes” with Monday Night Drama Series





Ovation TV Sets a Summer of “Secrets & Crimes” with Monday Night Drama Series “Street Legal,” “The Brokenwood Mysteries,” and “Mystery Road”
Episodes will air “after dark” immediately following two “Secrets & Crimes” themed films as the lead-in.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
OVATION TV SETS A SUMMER OF “SECRETS & CRIMES” WITH MONDAY NIGHT DRAMA SERIES “STREET LEGAL,” “THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES,” AND “MYSTERY ROAD”

Ovation Continues to Highlight International Dramas from Canada and Down Under
Los Angeles, CA – May 25, 2021 – Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, is planning a summer of ‘Secrets & Crimes’ with film and drama series pairings every Monday night. Episodes of Street Legal, The Brokenwood Mysteries, and Mystery Road will air as part of the network’s ‘Secrets and Crimes’ programming block with back-to-back films starting at 7pm ET / 4pm PT. The summer fun starts on Monday, June 7 with back-to-back episodes of Street Legal, followed by episodes of The Brokenwood Mysteries on Monday, June 28 (season one) and Monday, July 26 (season two), and the first season of Mystery Road starting on Monday, August 23.

Episodes will air “after dark” immediately following two Secrets & Crimes themed films as the lead-in. Movie titles include: The Usual Suspects, The Bank Job, Clear and Present Danger, Murder at 1600, Smokin’ Aces, Tango & Cash, The Thomas Crown Affair, American Outlaws, Pulp Fiction, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Fargo, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, The Quick and the Dead, and The Untouchables.

Street Legal premieres on Tuesday, June 8 at 12:30am ET (Monday, June 7 at 9:30pm PT)

Olivia Novak (Cynthia Dale) returns with a new generation of lawyers in Street Legal, a character-driven legal drama that follows the professional and private lives of a group of ambitious law partners at a startup firm in Toronto. Together, they vigorously fight for their clients while testing the limits of their relationships inside and outside of the courts. The series also stars Cara Ricketts, Steve Lund, and Yvonne Chapman.

The Brokenwood Mysteries premieres on Tuesday, June 29 at 12:30am ET (Monday, June 28 at 9:30pm PT)

Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) and partner DC Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland) watch over the New Zealand town of Brokenwood, investigating the mystifying, inventive and macabre crimes that befall it. Look beneath the peaceful veneer, and viewers will see that murder is curiously at home in Brokenwood. The series also stars Nic Sampson and Cristina Serban Ionda.

Mystery Road season one premieres on Tuesday, August 24 at 12:30am ET (Monday, August 23 at 9:30pm PT)

Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pederson) is called to the remote Australian town of Patterson by local cop Emma James (Judy Davis) to help investigate a mysterious disappearance on an outback cattle station. The investigation uncovers a past injustice that threatens the fabric of the whole community. The six-episode season also stars Tasia Zalar and Tasma Walton.

Episodes will also be available the next day on the Ovation NOW app and on demand. For more information, please visit ovationtv.com.

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically-acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Luther, Midsomer Murders, Landscape Artist of the Year, Grand Designs, Amazing Hotels, Chasing the Sun, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 130 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV, AT&T TV, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.



Ovation TV Pushes for “New Start for the Arts” with PSA Campaign





Ovation TV Pushes for “New Start for the Arts” with PSA Campaign, Calls on Congress to Include the Sector in Infrastructure Package and Increase Annual Appropriation for NEA to $1 Billion
The “New Start for the Arts” PSA campaign will premiere throughout 2021 on Ovation’s cable channel and digital properties, with over 25 organizations featured.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
Ovation TV Pushes for “New Start for the Arts” with PSA Campaign, Calls on Congress to Include the Sector in Infrastructure Package and Increase Annual Appropriation for NEA to $1 Billion

Cable network is producing 20+ PSAs for its Stand For The Arts coalition members – small, regional and non-profit arts organizations disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

In letter to Congress, CEO Charles Segars and other industry leaders urge financial relief, citing NEA’s decades-long stagnant budget

Los Angeles, CA — April 26, 2021 — Ovation TV, the only independent television and digital media company dedicated to the arts, is helping organizations within its Stand For The Arts coalition demonstrate the essential value of the arts and their need for support with a new PSA campaign. Over the past year, the network’s coalition of mostly small, regional and non-profit arts groups has grown to over 130 organizations, as they faced decimated budgets while continuing to deliver arts education and public programming virtually amid a complete shutdown of the arts sector.

The “New Start for the Arts” PSA campaign will premiere throughout 2021 on Ovation’s cable channel and digital properties, with over 25 organizations featured. The PSAs were offered to arts organizations struggling to keep their doors open and support their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, with an emphasis on programs serving underrepresented groups and communities of color. The PSAs highlight the work being done by small arts organizations and illustrate the need to support and uplift their causes with increased funding and representation at a federal policy level.

The first few videos feature Chicago’s 3Arts, which supports women, BIPOC, and deaf and disabled creators; Los Angeles’ WriteGirl, which pairs teen writers with professional mentors; Orlando’s Creative City Project, which cultivates a thriving arts community by creating meaningful shared experiences in public spaces; and Virginia’s Riverview Artspace, a collaborative art center that supports local emerging artists.

Coinciding with the launch of the PSA series, Ovation TV CEO Charles Segars, President and CEO of The Music Center in Los Angeles, Rachel Moore, and Pierre Gervois, artist and award-winning documentary producer, sent a letter this week to President Biden and congressional leaders urging them to prioritize the arts sector at the federal level. While arts industry leaders appreciate the inclusion of $135 million in relief funds for both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the recent American Rescue Plan, they also know that a much larger investment is needed. Not only so the industry can survive the economic blow of the pandemic, but to bring it in line with its economic value in a post-pandemic world.

In their letter, these industry leaders outlined what a “New Start for the Arts” must include: a $1 billion annual appropriation for the NEA, with a minimum 5% increase each year to bring its budget more in line with the economic value of the industry, and installing a Secretary of Arts & Culture to guide the sector’s economic potential moving forward, a move also recommended in the Put Creative Workers to Work (PCWW) proposal. The group is calling for a “New Start for the Arts” to begin immediately through including PCWW, as well as all contours of the Defend Arts Workers Now (DAWN) Act, in the proposed $2 trillion upcoming jobs and infrastructure stimulus package.

Charles Segars, CEO of Ovation TV and founder of Stand For The Arts, writes in his letter to Congress: “As we look forward, our recovery strategy must go beyond providing financial relief for Americans and struggling businesses. If President Biden truly wants to build America back better, it’s time the arts sector is recognized not only for its cultural and entertainment value, but for its critical role in our nation’s economy and its value to the global creative ecosystem. We need a new start for the arts and in turn, we will see this sector continue to grow America’s GDP and help other industries thrive as well. The arts are the epicenter that drive local hospitality and dining, retail, transportation, and more, in every single state and every single country.”

Federal funding for the NEA has remained nearly stagnant for over 40 years, since 1980. It topped out at around $175 million under President George H.W. Bush in the early 1990’s, hovered around $150 million during President Barack Obama’s tenure, and was increased slightly to $162 million in 2020. By comparison, the Department of Defense’s military band budget reached almost half a billion dollars as recently as 2016, the Department of Agriculture budget stands at $129 billion and the Department of Transportation at $88 billion.

Meanwhile, the arts are an $919.7 billion dollar industry in the U.S., a larger economic driver than agriculture, transportation or construction, and account for an astounding 4.5% of the nation’s GDP each year. Considering an average NEA endowment of $165 million in the last few years, that’s a 531,415% return on investment. Increasing the NEA’s appropriation to $1 billion would bring it roughly in line with the Small Business Administration’s 2021 budget of $871 million, and the $44 billion called for in the DAWN Act amounts to just over 2% of the proposed $2 trillion in spending on the next stimulus.

Before the pandemic, even while their work bolstered the economy and defined the culture, little investment was being made in artists’ mental, physical and financial well-being. With so many already struggling, COVID-19 has devastated the arts community. During the pandemic, over 2.7 million arts workers lost their jobs, and right now, 63% of arts workers report that they are still fully unemployed and 94% report individual income losses averaging $23,500.

Far from a partisan issue, the arts are central to the economic ecosystem in every state: a $407 billion industry in California, $37 billion in Florida, $24 billion in Georgia, $46 billion in Texas and $15 billion in North Carolina. Supporting the NEA with appropriate funding to reflect the massive industry the arts truly is will see benefits across the country. Arts workers with organizations under the Stand For The Arts coalition have joined together to speak out about the essential importance of art in our culture:

“To me, art heals. As a writer, art has a cathartic, healing quality and as a consumer, art within entertainment gives me joy – especially in these dark times,” said Khaila Amazan, filmmaker and alumna of WriteGirl, a nonprofit creative writing organization for teen girls. “No matter what the form is, art is so important for both the creator and consumer that supporting the arts is necessary to heal our society. It is vital that artists are given the resources they need to continue creating, and it’s up to the federal government to helm that responsibility.”

“The arts are the backbone to our greatest memories. They get us through tough times. Yet in our culture, a disconnect still exists. We value the arts, but too often overlook that artists are workers who need a living wage to survive,” said Sandra Delgado, 3Arts award-winning Chicago theater artist and playwright. “When performing arts venues closed last year, I not only lost income and connections to my audience. It also shook my sense of purpose. Still, I know I am not alone. As artists, we create because we have to – because we want to share our gifts, because we want to spark connection and compassion, and also because it is our job. We need our government and the public to support artists right now, to build new pathways to ensure artists can do what we are meant to, enriching all our lives.”

“Dance is the art of what we experience and express with the life and bodies we are given. In sharing through art, we come together to move, be moved, and feel alive — no matter how far apart we may find ourselves. Although it may be unquantifiable in the immediate, it is invaluable to all in the broader scope of humanity,” said Kyla Barkin, Founding and Artistic Director of Barkin/Selissen Project, a contemporary dance company based in New York City.

“The arts encourage interaction, accessibility, exploration, dialogue and also healing, of which we are in need of as a nation, today more than ever,” said Kim Soerensen, Executive Director of Riverviews Artspace in Lynchburg, VA. “To invest in the arts, you are investing in humanity and a more deeply connected, healthy and vibrant community. If not for that, investing in the arts is also a smart financial decision. In the pre-Covid era, the second largest global GDP was the arts, after oil and before the automotive industry. This documents that the arts are not only a worthwhile but essential economic driver.”

“I am sure I speak for many in the arts sector when I say we are grateful for the increased Federal support for the arts to help bring us through the pandemic. But now is the time to innovate, to reinvigorate the industry and establish new ways to create, access, and experience art,” said Stephen Butler, Executive Director of CNY Arts in Syracuse, NY. “This sector is essential to every citizen’s quality of life and is a major economic driver in towns and cities across the country as well as a major part of our GDP. Our children, families, and friends from all communities throughout the United States are uplifted by and through their experiences with the arts. Supporting the arts is an investment in our country’s future and we stand with Ovation and Stand For The Arts to create a cabinet-level Arts and Culture secretary and an annual allocation of $1 billion for the NEA.”

To get involved, go to www.StandForTheArts.com.

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Luther, Midsomer Murders, Landscape Artist of the Year, Grand Designs, Amazing Hotels, Chasing the Sun, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 130 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV, AT&T TV, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.