Ovation Network Picks Up ‘Holy Flying Circus,’ ‘Laconia’ for U.S.

Deal with FremantleMedia will feed Ovation’s new Saturday drama slot.

COLOGNE, Germany – The Ovation Network has picked up a package of titles from FremantleMedia Enterprises to help stock Ovation’s new Saturday night drama slot, entitled The Best You’ve Never Seen.

The package includes the WWII mini-series Laconia starring Andrew Buchan (Party Animals) and Franka Potente (Run Lola Run) and the TV movie Holy Flying Circus, a dramatization of the controversy surrounding the 1979 release of Monty Python’s film Life of Brian. Ovation also picked up the miniseries What To Do When Someone Dies, based on the best-selling novel by Nicci French.

Kris Slava, svp, Programming at Ovation said the deal was the just the beginning for the multi-platform channel, adding that Ovation is in talks with a number of distributors for rights to scripted shows for the network.

“It’s the start of a new era for Ovation,” Slava said.

The agreement with FME follows a deal with Elizabeth Murdoch’s Shine International for the original TV Movie We’ll Take Manhattan starring Karen Gillan and Aneurin Barnard.

Ovation, which is controlled by a group of investors including The Weinstein Company and Hubbard Media Group, reaches some 51 million homes across the United States via cable and satellite.

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