Ovation Originals to Debut Dramatic Period Mini-Series Cloudstreet in Q2
Based on Tim Winton’s Best-Selling Book, CLOUDSTREET will Premiere as Part of Ovation’s “The Best You’ve Never Seen” Programming Night
NATPE: Miami, FL -- January 24, 2012 Ovation, the only network dedicated to art, artists and all forms of artistic storytelling, is set to debut the original mini-series CLOUDSTREET this spring. The series (5 eps x :60, 1 eps x :90) is distributed internationally by leading rights management company Target Entertainment.
CLOUDSTREET is based on the award-winning and best-selling novel by Tim Winton and features an outstanding ensemble cast, including Stephen Curry (The Cup, :30 Seconds), Essie Davis (Burning Man, The Girl With the Pearl Earring), Kerry Fox (Angel at my Table, Bright Star) and Emma Booth (Clubland). Set in and around Perth, Western Australia during the 1940s and 1950s, CLOUDSTREET tells the story of two rural families who suffer separate catastrophes and flee to the city to pick up the pieces of their lives and start again. Brought together in the same house at No.1 Cloud Street, the Lambs and the Pickles share numerous tragedies and triumphs that draw them closer together, until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.
“This year, we’re showcasing true works of art -- powerful stories, excellent production values, and fantastic performances,” said Kris Slava, SVP of Programming, Ovation. “CLOUDSTREET is an excellent example. This is a gorgeous series with strong, artistic storytelling, and based on an acclaimed book. We think viewers will love it.”
Tim Winton’s CLOUDSTREET was produced by Australian production company Screentime Pty Ltd.
Ovation is the only multi-platform network celebrating all forms of artistic expression. 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 documentaries, series, films and specials. The network reaches a national audience of 46 million homes and is available on cable systems across the country, as well as nationally on DIRECTV, Dish and Verizon FiOS. 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 to offering contests, trivia, facts and supplemental video online, the network has created an award-winning online community (www.ovationtv.com/community) for everyone from passionate artists to the curious. To date, over 190,000 pieces of original art have been uploaded to the site by members.
About Target Entertainment
Since its inception in 1998 as an independent distributor, Target Entertainment has grown into one of Europe’s most successful rights management businesses. Target’s enviable catalogue of rights features approximately 4,000 hours of vibrant, quality programming across drama, comedy, entertainment, factual and kids programming.
With a proven track record representing key independent producers, Target’s multi-lingual, territory specific and target-driven distribution department’s first-rate knowledge of the international TV landscape brings with it an enviable competitive advantage.
A pioneering and dynamic company, Target also has a licensing department and home entertainment division to maximise commercial returns for all parties and build global brands.
In August 2010, Target was acquired by The Metrodome Group.
Screentime is a specialist independent television production company with an outstanding list of award winning and celebrated dramas including four series of Underbelly, the Underbelly Files, The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant, Society Murders, Jessica, My Husband My Killer, A Model Daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne, Breakers and MDA. Most recently the company produced the critically acclaimed Tim Winton’s cloudstreet for showcase channel, Crownies for ABC TV, the upcoming Tricky Business for the Nine Network and the highly anticipated Brothers In Arms for Network TEN.
For more information, contact:
Patricia Frith Marketing (for Ovation)
Tel: 818 876-0480, Cell: 310 490-2368