FremantleMedia strikes drama deal with Ovation

FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) has sold a trio of scripted titles to US arts and culture-focused cable channel Ovation.

The production and distribution group has shopped miniseries Laconia, What to Do When Someone Dies and Holy Flying Circus to the channel.

Ovation said it will run the UK dramas in a new Saturday night slot called ‘The Best You’ve Never Seen’.

Laconia is the 2x2hrs World War II drama from writer Alan Bleasdale. What to Do When Someone Dies is a 3x1hr drama based on the Nicci French novel about a woman searching for the truth of her recently killed husband’s relationship to another woman. Holy Flying Circus is a two-hour feature telling the story of the controversy surrounding Monty Python movie The Flying Circus.

“What we looked for and found is extraordinary artistic storytelling that will make people sit up and notice. We’re exploring a range of themes — important cultural stories told in truly creative ways; stories based on literature; iconic stories steeped in contemporary art and culture,” said Kris Slava, senior VP, Programming, Ovation. “This group of really strong dramas will let people know that something special is happening Saturday nights on Ovation, and keep them coming back again and again.”

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