Ovation Adds FilmRise’s Marjorie Prime & More to Lineup


Ovation has licensed a package of movies from FilmRise, including Marjorie Prime, for its linear service and newly launched Ovation NOW app.

Marjorie Prime stars Geena Davis, John Hamm, Tim Robbins and Lois Smith. Other titles included in the deal are Manifesto, led by Cate Blanchett; The Secret Life of Lance Letscher, a feature-length documentary; and The Glass Menagerie, starring Joanne Woodward. The agreement was negotiated by Danny Fisher and Melissa Wohl, heads of sales at FilmRise, and Scott Woodward, executive VP of programming at Ovation.

“With our expansion into digital, we are increasingly seeking content that can be showcased on both our linear network as well as on our Ovation NOW app and VOD,” said Woodward. “The FilmRise package is a great example of the kind of programming we’re always on the lookout for—artfully produced and executed films with stellar performances, and documentaries featuring groundbreaking artists and the artistic process. These attributes coupled with linear and digital windows of availability for our various platforms are a home run for us.”

Fisher added: “These four films represent the exceptional programming featuring outstanding talent that we are acquiring and continue to build into our vast library. This partnership with Ovation signifies our commitment and dedication in bringing these full-length features to the appropriate audiences and subsequent fan base.”