Ground-Breaking Drama SMASH Headed To Ovation

                Ground-Breaking Drama SMASH Headed To Ovation

Ovation Acquires Off-Network Rights From NBCUniversal

PR Newswire

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 27, 2013

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- After recently announcing
over 200 hours of original programming, Ovation, America's only arts network,
has additionallyacquired all episodes of critically acclaimed series SMASH
from NBCUniversal Cable & New Media. Ovation will debut the series beginning
Friday, July 19^th at 8pm ET. The announcement was made today by Robert
Weiss, Ovation's Chief Creative Officer.

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"SMASH is exactly the kind of art-centric programming that Ovation's viewers
crave. This high-quality series fits in brilliantly with our efforts to
showcase the powerful role that the Arts play in our lives," said Weiss.
"Ovation is thrilled to satisfy the wishes of diehard SMASH fans and followers
to keep the series alive, as well as to provide viewers, who are new to the
series, an opportunity to experience the incredible talent, music, dancing,
drama and excitement."

Following the struggles of a New York theater company, SMASH brings to life
the drama surrounding the creation of a new Broadway musical, "Bombshell,"
based on the life of the legendary Marilyn Monroe. SMASH features a
multi-talented, all-star ensemble cast, led by Debra Messing, Jack Davenport,
Katharine McPhee, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Jeremy Jordan and Anjelica
Huston. The first season received the Primetime Emmy Award® for Outstanding
Choreography and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award® and a Grammy Award®.

From Universal Television in association with DreamWorks Television, SMASH
stemmed from an idea of executive producer and multiple Emmy and Oscar winner
Steven Spielberg (ER, Schindler's List). Executive producers also include
Joshua Safran (Gossip Girl), Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Oscar-winning
Chicago, Hairspray), Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (United States of Tara,
The Borgias), Tony and Grammy Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
(Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can), Jim Chory (NBC's Heroes, American Dreams)
and Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius, NYPD Blue).

SMASH has been a hit with viewers since its February 2012 debut on NBC – seen
by more than 4 million viewers each week.^^[1] The series also boasts a
700,000+ social media following. Weiss noted, "It's an honor to keep this
creative torch lit on Ovation. SMASH will certainly be a spotlight on
Ovation's programming schedule."

Ovation will air SMASH every Friday at 8pm. Season two is set to debut on
Ovation in November.

About Ovation
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
available on VOD (in both standard and high definition). Ovation's diversified
viewer experiences extend acrossits linear network,,andactive socialpresenceon Facebook, Twitter,
YouTube and more. See the Ovation Facebook page for the latest information and
conversations happening across the Ovation brand and the arts:

About NBCUniversalCable & New Media Distribution
The NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution division is responsible for
the sale and distribution of NBCUniversal product to all forms of television
including digital distribution platforms within the U.S. and Canada.This
includes current television and film product as well as content from
NBCUniversal's vast library (Universal Pictures, Focus Features,
UniversalTelevision, Universal Cable Productions, NBC Late Night properties,
etc.) distributed in basic cable, pay cable and subscription video-on-demand
(SVOD) markets.Current off-network cable distribution programming includes
"30 Rock," "House,""Law & Order," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Law &
Order: Special Victims Unit,""Monk," "The Office"and "Saturday Night
Live,"as well as Universal Pictures film content.The division is also
responsible for the sales of NBCUniversal contentto non-theatrical markets
including airlines worldwide.

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^^[1] P2+ cume for all seasons and episode airings.

SOURCE Ovation

Contact: Patricia Frith, Patricia Frith Marketing (for Ovation), Tel: 818
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