Ovation Acquires Exclusive Cable Rights To Big Talk Productions' Hit UK Series
A Young Doctor's Notebook Starring Jon Hamm And Daniel Radcliffe
Breakout UK Hit Crosses the Pond and Becomes an Ovation Original Series
SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 9, 2013
SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ovation, America's only arts
network, has further grown its slate of arts-centric programming by completing
a deal with BBC Worldwide for the highly sought after UK hit from Big Talk
Productions, A Young Doctor's Notebook, starring Jon Hamm (Mad Men, 30 Rock)
and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black).
"As a cause-based media company dedicated to the arts, Ovation is the perfect
home for such a rich visual adaptation of this classic literary work," said
Robert Weiss, Ovation's Chief Creative Officer. "It's an honor to deliver work
from artists as passionate about this project as Jon Hamm and Daniel
Originally broadcast on Sky Arts in the UK last year, A Young Doctor's
Notebook became the highest-rated program in the network's history, with
audiences up over 1000% on the slot average and receiving universal critical
"I'm thrilled that Ovation has picked up the rights to broadcast A Young
Doctor's Notebook stateside," said Jon Hamm. "Like our UK benefactor Sky
Arts, they have proven to be a singular champion of unique, artistic projects
that often remain unseen in the current commercial broadcast landscape.I hope
everyone enjoys A Young Doctor's Notebook as much as we enjoyed making it."
Renowned Russian writer and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov's book A Young
Doctor's Notebook was adapted into a television series by writers Mark
Chappell, Shaun Pye and Alan Connor (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd
Margaret). It is a darkly humorous account of the turbulent experiences of a
newly graduated young doctor (Daniel Radcliffe), artfully told through the
eyes of his older, opiate-addicted self (Jon Hamm), who narrates the action
from his own notebooks. The young doctor lands a post at a small hospital in a
remote village during the Russian Revolution. Dealing with superstitious and
poorly educated patients creates for the doctor a brutal, panic-inducing
introduction to his medical practice, causing the young doctor to struggle
with doubts about his own competence.
A Young Doctor's Notebook is co-produced by multi-award-wining Big Talk
Productions (Rev., Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Shaun of the Dead) with
eight-time Emmy ® Nominated actor Hamm's own Points West production company.
The highly sought after literary adaptation stems from Hamm's interest in the
book, having been introduced to the work by producer Clelia Mountford.
Weiss emphasizes, "Given Ovation's quest to surface, create and connect
viewers to top-notch arts programming from around the world, we couldn't be
more excited about how wellA Young Doctor's Notebookfits into our
Big Talk Chief Executive Kenton Allen added, "Ovation is the perfect home for
this extraordinarily original series. It blew the roof off the ratings in the
UK and we can't wait to see how US audiences respond to Bulgakov in the
brilliant hands of Messrs Hamm and Radcliffe."
A Young Doctor's Notebookpremieres Fall 2013, only on Ovation.
About BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution, America
BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution is one of five core businesses under BBC
Worldwide, the commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the UK public
service broadcaster, BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). BBC Worldwide
exists to maximize the value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the UK
license payer, and invests in programming in return for rights. The Sales &
Distribution business negotiates, sells and distributes television programs to
networks and secures co-production partners in the Americas region.
Ovation is America's only arts network, whose mission is to surface and
connect the world to all forms of art and artistic expression. Ovation
programming is one-of-a-kindmix of original and selectively curated series,
films, documentaries and specials. The network reaches a national audience of
nearly 50 million homes and is available on national cable systems, as well as
nationally on DIRECTV, Dish, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse. Ovation is also
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About Big Talk
Big Talk Productions is one of the UK's leading film and television production
companies whose break out hitSpacedpaved the way for Big Talk's hit
filmsShaun of theDead, Hot FuzzandPaul.
Big Talk has produced string of award-winningproductions from BAFTA-award
winningRev.(BBC2) to Him & Her(BBC3) as well asFriday Night
Dinner(Channel 4) andThe Job Lot(ITV1).Big Talk made its move into drama
withThe Town(ITV1) andYoungers(E4) withOur Men(BBC2) soon to come
starring long-term collaborators Mitchell and Webb. In addition to 21st
century classics,Shaun of the Dead,Hot FuzzandScott Pilgrim Vs. The
WorldBig Talkhas madePaulwritten by and starring Simon Pegg and Nick
Frost; Joe Cornish's Attack the Block;andSightseers, directed by Ben
Wheatley. Coming next areJeremy Lovering'sIn Fear andCuban Fury, a Salsa
dancing rom-com starring Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O'Dowd and Ian
McShane.The World's End, the third collaboration between director Edgar
Wright, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
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