Julia Stiles Discusses Being The Michael Corleone Of ‘Riviera’ & Plans For A Third Season Of Glitzy Crime Drama – TCA

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Julia Stiles has lifted the lid on playing a Michael Corleone-influenced antihero in glitzy crime drama Riviera as well as how she reacted when creator Neil Jordan distanced himself from the show and plans for a third season.
This comes after the show,…

Sam Neill Spends Year Correcting Taught History In ‘The Pacific: In The Wake Of Captain Cook’ – TCA

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The sweeping six-part documentary series The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook features Sam Neill as he retraces the route taken 250 years ago, across the Southwest Pacific. In the series, Neill explores the cultures of the islands Cook visited and …

‘Jurassic Park’ Star Sam Neill Feels a ‘Great Deal of Anxiety’ Over Climate-Change Deniers in Power

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Sam Neill played a scientist (specifically, a paleontologist) in “Jurassic Park.” On Friday, Neill dropped some science on TV critics, though his intended ultimate audience clearly outranks us a little bit.

Neill, who is the host of Ovation travel show “The Pacific,” said the area chronicled on the series feels “a great deal of anxiety” about climate change.

“It fills me with a great deal of anxiety too, that there are so many people in charge of things around the world who are climate [change] deniers,” he told reporters during the Television Critics Association press tour. “The world is changing. Every time you open a newspaper, the news is worse and worse.”

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“Our children, our grandchildren: They will live in an entirely different world. We must do something about this now,” Neill pled. “We can’t go on pretending this s— isn’t happening, because it is.”

“The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook” chronicles Neill as he follows in the footsteps of Captain James Cook 250 years after his epic exploration, per Ovation. Neill meets the descendants of the people Cook met and questions the impact this historical figure, forever tied to the Pacific, had.

New Ovation series “The Pacific” premieres Thursday, Feb. 14 at 10/9c.

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Ovation’s Streaming Service Journy Moves Into Originals With Second Season Of ‘Chasing The Sun’ – Natpe

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Journy, the streaming service run by arts network Ovation, is moving into original programming with the second season of travel series Chasing The Sun.
The platform, which airs series including Travel Man, The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook With …

After 25 years, James Lipton is stepping out of Inside The Actors Studio

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After 25 years of asking actors if he can speak to the characters they play while a young Bradley Cooper looks on from the audience, James Lipton will be stepping down as the host of Bravo’s Inside The Actors Studio when the show moves to Ovation TV ne…

Banijay Rights Partners With Deepak Dhar to Launch Banijay Asia

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Banijay Rights has partnered with Deepak Dhar to launch Banijay Asia, the company announced Monday. The new operation, which is a 50:50 joint venture between Banijay and Dhar, aims to expand Banijay’s presence in India and South East Asia. It will produce scripted and non-scripted content across multiple genres including digital and film. As both […]

Ovation Rolls Out The Red Carpet For Duo Of International Fashion Titles

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Cable net Ovation has acquired two high-end fashion documentary series after striking a deal with distributor Cineflix Rights. The arts and culture has picked up Inside Dior and Style Factory from the London-based sales unit of the Canadian company.
Inside Dior, which is produced by Scottish production company Finestripe Productions, is a two-part behind-the-scenes look at the billion dollar luxury fashion label. The doc marks the fashion house’s 70th anniversary and…

Ovation to Remove Harvey Weinstein From Board of Directors

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Ovation is the latest entity to sever ties with Harvey Weinstein, as the arts-focused independent cable network began proceedings to expel the disgraced movie mogul from its board of directors.

Investors at the privately held network voted on Tuesday night to eliminate the board seat held by Weinstein and The Weinstein Company, the first in a series of required steps to remove them.

“Due to recent events, Ovation’s investors have elected to eliminate the board seat once held by Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company,” Liz Janneman, executive VP of network strategy for Ovation, said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “The Weinstein Company’s stake in Ovation is very small. On rare occasions, Mr. Weinstein or a company representative attended board meetings and were supportive of Ovation’s arts and culture initiatives. By his own admission, Ovation finds Mr. Weinstein’s actions reprehensible and counter to the spirit of our company’s supportive, multicultural and artistic community. We stand firmly behind this decision and will continue business as usual.”

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Representatives for Harvey Weinstein and for The Weinstein Company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

According to Nielsen data from March, Ovation has more than 47 million subscribers. The network airs arts-related specials and documentaries, and international dramas such as “Versailles” and “The Artful Detective” (known in Canada as “The Murdoch Mysteries”).

Variety first reported the news that Weinstein had been expelled.

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Ovation Board Moves to Expel Harvey Weinstein (EXCLUSIVE)

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The board of directors for the cable network Ovation has begun the process of removing Harvey Weinstein from its ranks. Variety has learned that the board has voted to eliminate Weinstein’s seat and notified him of the decision — the first in a series of steps that must be taken before Weinstein is officially removed. […]

Sky Drama ‘Riviera’ Finds U.S. Home in Ovation (EXCLUSIVE)

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U.S. cable net Ovation has picked up “Riviera,” the Julia Styles series that launched on Sky in the U.K. The ten part series follows an art curator (Styles) trying to get to the bottom of her husband’s death. It had mixed reviews in the U.K., but clicked with viewers and proved to be Sky’s best […]

Bell Media Rings In ‘The Launch’; Dynamic, Nexiko Team For ‘The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules’ – Mipcom Briefs

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Bell Media is bringing music format The Launch to Mipcom with Jane Rimer repping the new series. In partnership with Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, the series is a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to break a new artist and bring a song to life. Originally created for Canada’s CTV, the first six-part season kicks off in early 2018 with Shania Twain, Boy George, Fergie, Alessia Cara, Nikki Sixx, Julia Michaels and Jennifer Nettles all…

‘Versailles’ Season 2: New Characters And “The Darker Side” Of The Story — TCA

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With Season 2 of Ovation‘s Versailles approaching, the TCA panel saw the introduction of two new characters, Princess Palentine and Madame Agathe. We also heard about the deliciously dark turn the tale of the French court will take, and learned that the show was originally developed in French.
In Season 2, King Louis XIV has asked his wife Queen Marie-Therese (Elisa Lasowski) and mistress Montespan (Anna Brewster) to pick out a new wife for his now-single brother Prince…