Innovators get Ovation

TV network schedules 'Revolutionaries'

Ovation TV, which bills itself as the only television network devoted exclusively to art and personal creativity, has scheduled “American Revolutionaries,” a 15-day festival of programs about “innovators who changed the meaning of art” — the most elaborate programming stunt in the net’s 11-year history,

“Revolutionaries” kicks off July 1, and the lineup includes three world premieres:

  • “Old Weird America: Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music” deals with the experimental filmmaker who amassed one of the most extensive record collections, eventually selling the discs to Folkway Records.

  • “The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story” focuses on the animation pioneer who dreamed up the character of Mickey Mouse.

  • “Meet Marlon Brando” centers on a series of off-the-wall filmed interviews Brando gave to a succession of reporters in 1966 to promote his 20th Century Fox movie “Morituri.” The original filmmaker, Albert Maysles, comments on the footage in a recent interview conducted by Ovation.

U.S. premieres include “The Last 48 Hours of Kurt Cobain” and “Frank Lloyd Wright: Murder, Myth & Modernism”

The network will triple its circulation (to about 15 million) when DirecTV starts carrying it June 20.

The network’s owners are the Hubbard Media Group, Arcadia Investment Partners, Corporate Partners II, Perry Capital and the Weinstein Co.

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