Milyoni and Ovation Debut First Television Series to Premiere on Facebook the Same Day as on TV with Ovation’s New Original Series A CHANCE TO DANCE, produced by Nigel and Simon Lythgoe
U.S. viewers can watch the series on Facebook while interacting with other fans Exclusive footage and interviews available only on FacebookPLEASANTON, Calif. and SANTA MONICA, Calif. – August 13, 2012 – Milyoni, the leader in social entertainment, and Ovation, the only multi-platform network celebrating art, artists and all forms of artistic storytelling, today announced that Ovation’s original series A CHANCE TO DANCE, produced by Nigel and Simon Lythgoe, will be the first television series to premiere on Facebook the same day as its U.S. television debut. For the first time, U.S. fans can watch the entire seven-episode series on Facebook, starting on August 17, chat with friends and have access to exclusive interviews and other content. A CHANCE TO DANCE will also be available on Ovation’s linear SD and HD channels, as well as video-on-demand and TV Everywhere.
Using Milyoni Social Cinema, fans can share the viewing experience with friends by purchasing access to the show on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OvationTV. A CHANCE TO DANCE will be available for $1.99 per episode, or $11.99 for a seven-episode bundle using PayPal or credit card. While watching, fans can chat with friends, comment and share their favorite clips and quotes, answer trivia and participate in polls. Facebook viewers will also have access to unique content every week, including an exclusive interview with Nigel Lythgoe. Information on additional interviews and footage will be announced on Facebook in the coming weeks.
“Milyoni continues to break new ground with yet another entertainment industry first – debuting A CHANCE TO DANCE simultaneously on American TV and Facebook,” said John Corpus, founder and CEO of Milyoni. “The second screen continues to transform the way viewers consume content today, from something passive to a highly interactive online activity where they can engage with fellow fans and friends. We look forward to working with more innovative companies like Ovation to help broaden their reach while providing audiences with exclusive programming.”
A CHANCE TO DANCE is co-produced by AMERICAN IDOL co-creator and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE producers Nigel and Simon Lythgoe. The series follows Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, two of the UK’s most prominent dancers and contemporary choreographers, as they audition, select and train a new American dance company in just 28 days.
“Milyoni offers Ovation a unique opportunity to connect with viewers and attract a whole new following thanks to Facebook,” said Chad Gutstein, COO of Ovation. “Having recently crossed the 100k 'like' mark, we’re very excited to be able to provide Ovation fans with a way to interact with each other and to give those fans who can’t subscribe to Ovation a way to sample our programming.”
“A CHANCE TO DANCE shows the passion, creativity, blood, sweat and tears that go into creating a new American dance company,” said Nigel Lythgoe. “I'm thrilled that Ovation and Milyoni are innovating by giving all passionate fans of dance on Facebook a chance to experience our show, where ever they live in the US."
For more information and to stream A CHANCE TO DANCE on Facebook, visit https://www.facebook.com/OvationTV.
Milyoni, Inc. is the leader in social entertainment. Whether it’s watching a movie, television program, concert or sporting event, Milyoni lets content providers connect, engage and monetize audiences through a unique level of engagement and a shared social experience. Over the past year Milyoni has powered multiple social entertainment industry firsts, including the first PPV movie on Facebook, the first live PPV concert on Facebook, the first socially interactive movie on Facebook, the first day-and-date movie release on Facebook, and most recently the first 3D movie on Facebook. Milyoni’s Social Cinema platform has powered several theatrical releases, video-on-demand streams and more for leaders in the industry including Universal Pictures, Lionsgate, Paramount Studios, Big Air Studios, Shangri-La, Ovation Network and Austin City Limits Live. For more information, visit www.milyoni.com.
Ovation is the only multi-platform network celebrating art, artists and all forms of artistic story-telling. Its programming tells the stories of artists, their work, and the powerful impact art has on each of us. Ovation programming is a one-of-a-kind mix of original and selectively curated series, films, documentaries and specials. The network reaches a national audience of 51 million homes and is available on cable systems across the country, as well as nationally on DIRECTV, Dish, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse. Ovation is also available in HD and VOD (both in standard and high definition). Ovation extends its linear channel experience for viewers online via its popular website, www.ovationtv.com . In addition, Ovation is also active in the social media space. See the Ovation Facebook page for the latest information and conversations about the network and the arts: http://Ovtn.tv/fb.
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