EXCLUSIVE: Chief Creative Officer Rob Weiss is leaving Ovation, CEO Charles Segars told the arts cable channel’s staff in a praise heavy email today, I’ve learned. The resignation of the former digital media and FX exec was his decision and will take place soon, an insider says. Weiss boarded the newly created CCO gig back in early December 2012 to oversee the creative and strategic thrust of the struggling arts and culture network. During his time there Ovation re-branded itself and started airing more original programming like James Franco Presents and A Young Doctor’s Notebook starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe. The cable net also saw itself dumped from Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in early 2013 just after its carriage contract expired. The move, which resulted in big layoffs at Ovation, was part of TWC boss Glenn Britt’s plan to drop poor-performing networks as a way to control costs. The cable giant welcomed Ovation back last month after getting the commitments it made this spring to go from the 46 hours of originals it had in 2012 to more than 200 hours of original programming dedicated to the arts next year. As a part of the TWC/BHN deal, Ovation is then going to grow to 250 hours in 2015 and 300 each year afterwards. Ovation will reappear on TWC and BHN on January 1, 2014.
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