Arts-focused network Ovation TV announced today that it has appointed John Malkin to EVP of content distribution for both its linear TV and digital platforms.
Malkin replaces Brad Samuels, who recently joined Bloomberg TV. Malkin will report to Ovation CEO Charles Segars, and Ovation’s SVP of content distribution and partnerships Mike Pons and VP of Affiliate Marketing Randy Rovegno will report to Malkin.
“John joins our network at a pivotal time in our industry, as well as in Ovation’s evolution,” said Segars in a statement. “While being an independent network comes with its challenges, it also affords us the opportunity to move quickly, try new strategies and reach out to our passionate, arts-loving community to create new, exciting ways to develop and distribute content.”
Malkin comes to Ovation from the NFL Network, where he was VP of affiliate distribution, managing key components of the NFL’s television networks, NFLN and NFL RedZone, including affiliate sales, TV Everywhere and content distribution on both linear and OTT platforms.
Earlier, Malkin held positions at Fox News, where, as VP of affiliate marketing and local sales, he oversaw the marketing of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network across affiliate and consumer platforms. He has also done stints at E! Entertainment Television, MTV Networks, and Times Mirror Magazines.
The news of Malkin’s hire comes as Ovation prepares to unveil the half-hour, cross-platform special “Holiday Entertaining with Kin Community.” Produced in collaboration with multi-channel network Kin Community, it will premiere on Ovation TV tonight at 10 p.m. ET and be available in various formats on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Following its U.S. premiere, it will air in Canada on Corus Entertainment’s women’s channels, including W Network and CosmoTV.