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October 2013



Santa Monica, CA – October 30, 2013 – Ovation, America’s only arts network, has named media marketing professional Randy Rovegno as Vice President, Content Distribution Marketing. Rovegno reports directly to Brad Samuels, Executive Vice President of Content Distribution and is based in the company’s Santa Monica headquarters.


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Move to January 22nd Invites Time Warner Cable Customers to Watch the Ground-Breaking Fashion Series

Santa Monica, CA – October 24, 2013 – Ovation, America’s only arts network, today announced a change in the premiere date for The Fashion Fund – January 22 at 10PM ET.  The announcement was made by Robert Weiss, Ovation’s Chief Creative Officer.

“Ovation is excited to bring The Fashion Fund to Time Warner Cable customers this January, when our network re-launches across Time Warner Cable markets,” said Weiss.  “It’s critical that fashion-loving cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Orlando and many others have the opportunity to see this ground-breaking original series. Come January 22, I think everyone will realize this series is worth waiting for!”

The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is in its 10th year and has transformed emerging designers into true fashion icons.  Working alongside some of the top names in fashion, ten innovative, American-based designers, compete for the top award that carries an incredible $300,000 grant and a one-year mentorship with an industry titan.  The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund selection committee is comprised of iconic names from Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg to top-level fashion executives such as Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus, Andrew Rosen of Theory, Jenna Lyons of J.Crew, and more.

In The Fashion Fund, viewers are given exclusive access into the fashion world as they journey into the lives of the emerging designers.  We get to know the designers as their visions, technical abilities, and business acumen are all tested – pushing them to their highest potential. The series takes viewers inside legendary studio visits, a Vogue fashion photo shoot and culminates with a presentation at NYC Fashion Week and the announcement of the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner.

The series is produced by Condé Nast Entertainment, Break Thru Films and Ovation.

Season One of The Fashion Fund is comprised of six one-hour episodes. Ovation will offer a special sneak peek on Wednesday, November 20, at 10:30PM ET. The series will make its official debut on Wednesday, January 22 at 10pm ET with episodes airing weekly.

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About Ovation

Ovation is America’s only arts network, whose mission is to connect the world to all forms of art and artistic expression.  Ovation programming is a one-of-a-kind mix of original and selectively curated art-centric series, documentaries, films and specials. Ovation’s signature programming includes The Art of, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, The Fashion Fund and James Franco Presents. Ovation reaches a national audience of nearly 50 million homes and is available on national cable companies, satellite systems and telco TV companies such as Comcast Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-Verse. Ovation is also available on VOD (in both standard and high definition). Ovation’s diversified viewer experiences extend across its linear network, the popular  HYPERLINK “http://www.ovationtv.com/” ovationtv.com, and active social presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more.  See the Ovation Facebook page for the latest information and conversations happening across the Ovation brand and the arts:  HYPERLINK “http://www.facebook.com/OvationTV” www.facebook.com/OvationTV.


About Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE)

Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) is a division of Condé Nast that focuses on the development, production and distribution of original television, feature film and digital video offerings based on the company’s iconic media brands, which for more than 100 years, have created the world’s greatest content for the world’s most influential audiences. Follow us on Twitter @CNE.

Condé Nast is home to some of the world’s most celebrated media brands. In the United States, Condé Nast publishes 18 consumer magazines, four business-to-business publications, 27 websites, and more than 50 apps for mobile and tablet devices, all of which define excellence in their categories. The company also owns Fairchild Fashion Media (FFM), whose portfolio of brands serves as the leading source of news and analysis for the global fashion community. Condé Nast has won more National Magazine Awards over the past 10 years than all of its competitors combined. For more information, visit condenast.com or follow us on Twitter @CondeNastCorp.


About Break Thru Films

Break Thru Films is headed by Emmy nominated directors, writers, and producers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg. Their mission is to create powerful character-­‐driven documentaries and dramatic films. Ricki and Annie’s films Joan Rivers -­‐ A Piece Of Work, The Devil Came on Horseback, Burma Soldier, and The Trials of Darryl Hunt have been Sundance and Tribeca Film Festival favorites winning numerous awards airing on HBO, National Geographic, Showtime. Other projects include: Secret Access: UFO’s On the Record (History Channel), and short films for Kenneth Cole, Sundance Institute / Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Most recently, they created the national marriage equality spots for the Human Rights Campaign. Annie and Ricki have been recognized with the Best Female Filmmakers Award-­‐San Diego Film

Festival, Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award and Lena Sharpe/Women in Cinema Persistence of Vision Award–Seattle International Film Festival.

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Ovation to be Made Available to TWC Customers Once Again Starting January 1, 2014

New York City, October 16, 2013 – Time Warner Cable and Ovation today announced they reached an agreement to bring Ovation back to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks customers’ lineups on January 1, 2014.  Under the new agreement, the network has committed to deliver 200 more hours of original programming dedicated to the arts in the next year.  By 2015, Ovation has committed to carry 250 hours per year of new and original programming growing to 300 hours for each subsequent year of the term.


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