About

About

ART EVERYWHERE

Ovation is an independent television and digital media company dedicated to celebrating and supporting all forms of arts and culture. Ovation TV selectively curates and airs arts-related series, specials, documentaries and films. We also offer viewers an exciting lineup of Ovation original productions.

Ovation TV is available to nearly 50M subscribers via cable, satellite and telco systems, including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, Charter Communications, Bright House Networks, and many other smaller providers and is offered in both standard and high definition, as well as on VOD. [Read More]

Ovation champions artists through Ovation Digital Arts, a unique artist community dedicated to supporting and helping talented YouTube creators grow their brands and businesses.

Through The Ovation Foundation, the company is committed to advocating for the arts, nationally and locally, and has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. You can follow Ovation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and OvationTV.com.

Executive Bios

LIZ JANNEMANN

Executive Vice President, Network Strategy

LIZ JANNEMANN

Executive Vice President, Network Strategy

As Executive Vice President, Network Strategy, Liz Janneman serves as Ovation TV’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.

Janneman has been a critical driver of Ovation TV’s success, tripling Ovation TV’s Ad Sales revenue since arriving at the company in 2009. Before joining Ovation TV, 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 TV, Janneman was Senior Vice President of Ad Sales for Weather Channel for two years. Previously, she was Executive Vice President of Ad Sales for AOL/Time Warner where she was responsible for ad sales efforts for TNT and TBS, during which time revenues doubled to exceed $1 billion annually.

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Janneman began her sales career with Turner at CNN in 1989 as an account executive and was promoted to Vice President, Ad Sales both in New York and in Los Angeles in 1992 and 1993 respectively. She was named SVP of Ad Sales for Turner Sports in 1994 and then SVP of Ad Sales for Turner Entertainment Networks in 1995. Before working on the network side, Janneman worked as VP/Associate Buying Director for Saatchi & Saatchi.

Janneman graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in Business Administration. Fluent in 3 languages, she resides in Los Angeles with Case and their two Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

PHIL GILLIGAN

Chief Financial Officer

PHIL GILLIGAN

Chief Financial Officer

Phil Gilligan serves as Chief Financial Officer of Ovation TV 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 TV, 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, and prior to that held various senior level positions with Fox Entertainment Group. Gilligan was Senior Vice President of Finance for Fox Cable Networks, with financial responsibility for a portfolio of cable networks including FX, Fox Movie Channel, Fox Sports Net, Fox Soccer Channel, Fueltv, Fox Reality and National Geographic Channel among others. While in this role, he was also involved in numerous acquisitions, divestitures and various business combinations and joint ventures. Gilligan also served as Vice President of Finance for Fox/Liberty Networks, and before that was Controller, Fox National Networks.

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Gilligan began his career at Westinghouse Electric Corporation and held senior financial positions at Group W Broadcasting & Cable, 7UP Bottling Company and PIP Printing prior to joining Fox Cable Networks.

Gilligan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Villanova University and also holds an MBA from Pepperdine University. He resides in Agoura, CA with his wife and three children.

JOHN MALKIN

Executive Vice President, Content Distribution

JOHN MALKIN

Executive Vice President, Content Distribution

As Executive Vice President, Content Distribution, John Malkin is responsible for leading the network’s distribution efforts across all platforms, including linear (SD and HD) TV Everywhere, VOD, SVOD and digital.

Malkin joins Ovation from the NFL Network where he was VP, Affiliate Distribution. At NFL Network he oversaw and managed key components of the NFL’s television networks, NFLN and NFL RedZone, including affiliate sales, TV Everywhere, and content distribution on both linear and OTT platforms. During his tenure, NFLN distribution increased by 22 million subscribers via carriage deals he secured with Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Charter and over 400 cable companies in the National Cable Television Co-Op (NCTC).

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Previously, Malkin held positions at Fox News, with his most recent being that of VP, Affiliate Marketing and Local Sales where he oversaw the marketing of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network across affiliate and consumer platforms. Prior to Fox News, he was Regional Director at E! Entertainment Television, Regional Sales Manager at MTV Networks, and Regional Sales Manager at Times Mirror Magazines.

Malkin is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington and a member of the Board of the T. Howard Foundation. In 2013, he was named CableFAX’s Affiliate Sales Person of the Year.

SCOTT WOODWARD

Executive Vice President, Programming and Production

SCOTT WOODWARD

Executive Vice President, Programming and Production

Scott Woodward oversees all aspects of Ovation TV’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 TV, 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 networks, as well as for acquisitions and the network’s ongoing development slate.

Previously, Woodward was an executive producer at E! Entertainment Television, for domestic, international and online series and specials. Among the shows he worked on were Wild On (one of E!’s top-rated series), Behind the Scenes, Extreme Close Up, Search Party, and E! News specials from the Cannes, Venice and Sundance Film Festivals, among many others. Woodward began his career as a Creative Director in the Marketing division at Columbia Pictures. He later launched his own production company, Scott Woodward Productions, producing and distributing EPKs (electronic press kits) for Columbia Pictures, Universal, Paramount, Disney and DeLaurentis Entertainment Group.

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While attending Ithaca College, Woodward landed an internship at BBC in London, where he worked on the documentary series Arena Art and Design. Shortly after graduating, he worked on the PBS series Live From Lincoln Center, the first live stereo simulcast of a music series from the famed New York venue.

Scott’s free time is dedicated to his five children, Charlie the dog, Payton the cat and the fabulous Birgit. They are indeed today’s Brady Bunch.

DAVID WIDERØE

Senior Vice President, Marketing and On Air Promotions

DAVID WIDERØE

Senior Vice President, Marketing and On Air Promotions

As Senior Vice President, Marketing and On Air Promotions, David Widerøe oversees all of the network’s on and off-air branding, consumer marketing, on air promotions and custom content creation for advertisers.

Previously, Widerøe spent 16 years at E! Networks in various marketing positions for the network and E! Online. Most recently he was VP, Marketing Solutions, responsible for developing and managing integrated marketing and branded entertainment platforms in support of E!, E! Online, NBCU Integrated Sales, and NBCU International Sales.

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Prior to that role, he was Executive Director of Marketing Solutions and Director of Marketing, Partnerships & New Media for E! Networks and E! Online. Before joining E! Networks in 1999, Widerøe was a director and partner at Multi-Media Promotions, Inc. While at E!, his integrated campaigns were awarded five Telly Awards.

KEN SOLOMON

Chairman

KEN SOLOMON

Chairman

Ken Solomon is Chairman of Ovation TV 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 only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to tennis and the lifestyle that surrounds it. In this position, he leads the continued growth of the channel, utilizing more than 20 years of cable, new media, TV production, distribution and advertising experience. This includes capitalizing on the channel’s unique cable-industry value proposition as both a live sports and lifestyle entity, and further developing the network’s position as a tennis lifestyle brand.

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Prior to The Tennis Channel, he held top posts at Universal Television, DreamWorks, News Corp. and Scripps, where he founded and led Fine Living Network, which he developed from concept to launch in just over a year. He guided Fine Living to one of the fastest network rollouts in history, reaching 21 million homes in its first two years. As President of Universal Studios Television (also Studios USA Television), Mr. Solomon oversaw program development and production, as well as marketing and distribution activities on a worldwide basis for primetime network, cable, syndication, and made-for-television movies. He also pioneered the first licensing of original series across multiple platforms. Previously, as co-head of DreamWorks Television, he worked with the new studio’s legendary founders in laying the groundwork and helping create and develop its extensive worldwide television operations.

Mr. Solomon has also held senior positions at News Corp., including serving as Executive Vice President of Network Distribution at Fox Broadcasting. At the time, he was responsible for all affiliate relations, led the network’s successful transition of dozens of CBS, ABC and NBC affiliates to Fox, and launched the network’s NFL and NHL franchises. He has also served as Vice President-Eastern Regional Manager at The Walt Disney Company’s Buena Vista Domestic Television, where he reassembled eastern U.S. television marketing and distribution operations. Just prior to Fine Living, he served as founding President of iBlast, and built the nation’s largest and farthest-reaching digital distribution network, with 19 major broadcast groups comprising 296 individual television stations, covering 93 percent of U.S. television households. Mr. Solomon has served on numerous television association boards, including NATPE and Cable Positive. He has also been honored as “Humanitarian of the Year” by H.E.L.P. Group, one of the largest and most influential children’s charities in the western United States.

ROB RADER

General Counsel

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 with major companies, including MGM, CBS, NBC/Universal, Fox, Miramax/Disney, Goldman Sachs, Marvel Studios, DIRECTV, PBS, National Geographic, Univision and Danjaq (James Bond). Mr. Rader has major international experience with leading entertainment companies such as Yian Studios (China Film Group), Dalian Wanda, Toho-Towa (Japan), CJ Entertainment (Korea), AB Svensk Filmindustri (Sweden), HIT Entertainment, Mumbai Mantra (India) and the World Bank (for entertainment matters).

Prior to Ovation TV, Rader spent nine years at MGM as Vice President of Business Affairs where he helped run business affairs and operations for numerous departments, including the $1.2 billion home entertainment division. He also worked for seven years at the major law firms Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp and Morrison & Foerster before joining a boutique digital media and entertainment firm as a name partner.

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Rader’s experience spans the gamut of legal, business and operational aspects of digital and traditional media with specialty fields in content, mobile, online/internet, interactive media, advertising and significant international experience. Rader’s major skills are overseeing operations, including human resources and risk management/insurance issues; running in-house business departments for media companies, including supervising outside counsel for litigation, corporate, trademark and bankruptcy matters; and business development activities such as strategic partnerships and financing. He has handled all aspects of financing, acquisition, development, production, promotion, distribution and licensing of television, cable, film, video, consumer products, location-based entertainment, videogames, mobile and digital content for studios and outside clients including experience in all forms of distribution (digital, theatrical, television, non-theatrical, home entertainment, radio and stage theatrical) and ancillary exploitations.

At Ovation TV, Rader has responsibility for all business and legal matters, including production, distribution, marketing, litigation, intellectual property, real estate, corporate and human resources.

Mr. Rader graduated magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard College. He obtained his Master’s Degree from Stanford Graduate School in sociology. Mr. Rader attended Harvard Law School where he received his J.D. magna cum laude and delivered Harvard’s graduate commencement address. He frequently speaks to the media and at industry events, including SAG, LA Business Today, Bloomberg TV and Producers Guild of America. He is an adjunct Professor of Law at Pepperdine Law School and has guest lectured at UCLA Extension and USC on digital media.

Mr. Rader is highly active in public service. He is as an elected Trustee and Vice Chair of Santa Monica College which owns the Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Center for the Performing Arts. He is on the Board of Directors of Downtown Santa Monica Inc., which runs the Third Street Promenade, and the KCRW Foundation, which supports the nation’s leading independent public radio station KCRW.

Rader lives in Santa Monica with his two children Dashiell and Zora.