About Ovation

Art Everywhere

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Ovation is America’s only arts network, whose mission is to inspire the world through 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, and The Fashion Fund.

Ovation reaches a national audience of over 50 million homes and is available on cable, satellite, and telco systems, such as Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable, DISH, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-Verse, Charter, Bright House Networks, RCN, and Hawaiian Telcom. Ovation is also available on VOD (in both standard and high definition).

Ovation’s diversified viewer experiences extend across its linear network, the popular ovationtv.com, and active social presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. Ovation is a cause based-media company and is deeply engaged with the arts both nationally and locally, providing more than $15 million in contributions and in-kind support to community organizations, cultural institutions, and arts education programs. See the Ovation Facebook page for the latest information and conversations happening across the Ovation brand and the arts: www.facebook.com/OvationTV.

Executive Bios

Liz Janneman

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, NETWORK STRATEGY

As Executive Vice President, Network Strategy, Liz Janneman serves as Ovation’s guiding strategic force, focused on business strategies that deliver incremental viewership, ad sales revenue and overall brand momentum. Toward these goals, Janneman oversees both the network’s advertising sales and marketing divisions, from Ovation’s New York offices.

Janneman has been a critical driver of Ovation’s success, tripling Ovation’s Ad Sales revenue since arriving at the company in 2009. Before joining Ovation, Janneman was President of Ad Sales for Current TV, where she oversaw ad sales efforts for both the channel and currentv.com. Prior to Current [...]

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Phil Gilligan

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Phil Gilligan serves as Chief Financial Officer of Ovation and brings 30+ years of financial management experience to the network. As CFO, Gilligan is responsible for the management of business operations, in addition to oversight of the company’s Finance, Treasury, Accounting, IT and Administration functions. A seasoned finance and media executive, Gilligan’s career is an ever-growing roster of financial and operational accomplishments.

Prior to Ovation, Gilligan was a financial advisor with iAdvisory Services, focusing on project management and system implementation for medium size businesses. From 2009 to 2012, he was Chief Financial Officer of Universal Sports Network, [...]

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Brad Samuels

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, DISTRIBUTION

Brad Samuels is Executive Vice President of Distribution for Ovation, based in the network’s New York offices. Samuels joined Ovation in January 2012 and is responsible for driving the network’s distribution efforts across all media platforms. Samuels comes to Ovation from MSG Media, the operator of MSG and Fuse Networks, where he served from 2008 – 2010 as Executive Vice President, Content Distribution. At MSG Media, Samuels was responsible for maximizing the channels’ distribution and related revenue across multiple platforms. He also was charged with oversight of the company’s affiliate sales team, handling both Fuse music [...]

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Scott Woodward

SVP, PROGRAMMING & PRODUCTION

Scott Woodward oversees all aspects of Ovation’s multi-platform content, including scheduling and program planning, acquisitions, co-productions, development, original programming, on-air promotions, VOD and the network’s digital operations. He also oversees the company’s in-house multi-platform, production unit, Ovation Studios, which launched in May 2013.

Prior to joining Ovation, Woodward served as Vice President, Programming and Production at TVGN and was responsible for the network’s re-launch in 2004. At TVGN, Scott had creative oversight of production teams that produced 500+ hours of content per year. He was also responsible for program planning of the linear, VOD and broadband [...]

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Ken Solomon

CHAIRMAN

Ken Solomon is Chairman of Ovation and was a key architect in the August 2006 acquisition of the network by a group of private investors led by Hubbard Media Group and including Arcadia Investment Partners, of which he is a partner; Corporate Partners II; Perry Capital and The Weinstein Company. He was instrumental in helping to develop the network’s business plan and its new programming and branding direction, as well as in securing the investor funding and recruiting the executive team currently operating the network.

Mr. Solomon is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Tennis Channel, the [...]

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Rob Rader

GENERAL COUNSEL

Rob Rader is a highly experienced business affairs attorney with eighteen years of professional experience for high-growth digital media companies, multi-billion dollar media companies, cable networks and major and boutique law firms, including over $7 billion of M&A and financings. He is experienced in digital media with a focus on the content, ad sales, mobile, apps and internet sectors, including such major digital companies as Amazon, Microsoft, YouTube, Machinima, Maker Studios, BuzzMedia, AOL, Collective Digital Network, the Orchard (Sony), Boing Boing, Federated Media, Electronic Arts and Activision. His large company domestic media work experience includes advising or negotiating [...]

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Evan Minskoff

SVP, HEAD OF MARKETING & BRAND STRATEGY

Evan Minskoff oversees all aspects of Ovation’s art-centric brand, including consumer marketing and advertising, media relations, corporate communications, corporate branding, research and audience development, marketing partnerships, ad sales marketing and all of the network’s social media platforms.

A senior digital marketing executive with a track record of creating brand marketing visions and turning them into revenue, Minskoff joins Ovation having served as Head of Brand for Gilt Groupe, where he oversaw cross-divisional brand strategy and positioning, social media strategy and research. His leadership of Gilt’s persona and segmentation efforts furthered the company’s premium [...]

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Sonia Chala Tower

SVP, CORPORATE RELATIONS & PRESIDENT OF THE OVATION FOUNDATION

Sonia Tower serves as SVP of Corporate Relations and President of the Ovation Foundation for Ovation, where she oversees all philanthropic activities, partnerships and advocacy initiatives. Ms. Tower is a seasoned leader with over 25 years of arts management and arts policy development experience, and at Ovation she is responsible for developing and managing relationships with arts agencies and arts institutions on the local, state and national levels. She manages the network’s governmental relations and philanthropic initiatives, overseeing a corporate giving program which has provided over $15 million in direct contributions [...]

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