Ovation, America’s only arts network, has acquired the U.S. broadcast and digital rights for two series from BBC Studios.
The deal includes two seasons of Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby, which will be available on Ovation’s AVOD service JOURNY and will also air on Ovation’s linear channel and on-demand service Ovation NOW. The deal also includes two seasons of scripted drama series Maigret starring Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean). The announcement was made today by Scott Woodward, EVP Programming and Production, Ovation.
In Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby, writer Giles Coren and chef Monica Galetti travel the world, working alongside staff in the world's most spectacular hotels. They explore the hidden gems that everyday people never get to see and are thrown right into the hustle and bustle of everyday life of the hotel staff. As well as working with the staff, they also spend some time with them to find out what their lives are like outside of the hotel. Travelling to Singapore and Ecuador and across the world, Giles and Monica discover what life is like beyond the lobby.
The crime drama Maigret stars Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) as world-renowned fictional French detective Jules Maigret, who was featured in 75 books written by Georges Simenon. Other leading cast members include Fiona Shaw, Lucy Cohu, Shaun Dingwall and Rufus Wright. The first episode is based on the story `Maigret Sets a Trap', in which the detective investigates the murder of four women found dead in the Montmarte region of Paris, during the summer of 1955.
“Amazing Hotels is the perfect title to add to our ever-expanding Journy library. This is a professional traveler’s inside look at some of the world’s most unique hotels,” said Woodward. “We’re also pleased to welcome Rowan Atkinson’s Detective Maigret to the network, carrying on our tradition of providing our audience with premium mystery programming like Murdoch Mysteries, Frankie Drake Mysteries and Midsomer Murders.”
“BBC Studios – Americas and valued partner Ovation TV share a passion for quality factual and drama programming. Amazing Hotels and Maigret are unique series and we expect that their appeal will successfully cross the pond for audiences to enjoy on the Journy app,” stated Chris Cole, SVP, TV Co-productions and Sales, Factual, BBC Studios – Americas.
Amazing Hotels: Beyond the Lobby will air on Ovation starting on April 18, 2019 and will be available on Journy starting August 2019. Episodes will also be available on Ovation NOW.
Maigret will air in late 2019.