Robert Weiss Named OVATION Chief Creative Officer
Throughout his career, Weiss has transitioned between the creative and business sides of the industry; between digital media and traditional media; between being a seller and a buyer of content; and between large corporations and startup operations.
Prior to joining EQAL, Weiss was CEO and founder of Parkwood Media Ventures. This next-generation media incubator identified, developed and helped launch a diverse portfolio of content-centric entertainment businesses that span television, gaming, the Internet and wireless/mobile. Parkwood Media Ventures also targeted distressed media assets for sale, roll-up or turnaround.
Before his tenure as a media entrepreneur, Weiss served as a seniorlevel executive for a wide range of cable networks including VH1, FX and FUSE. With a track record of growing media companies with revenue-producing leadership, Weiss guided the FUSE network through a period of exponential success. While leading FUSE – ratings doubled, ad sales doubled, web traffic quadrupled and the cable network became the nation's #1ranked channel in audience concentration of 1234 year olds. Known as a highly-effective turnaround agent, Weiss tripled the amount of original programming across all of FUSE's media platforms to 1,500 hours, successfully launching 23 series on television, the Internet, VOD and mobile.
Earlier in his career, Weiss served for 10 years as co-CEO of Buccieri & Weiss Entertainment. This awardwinning multi-platform Production Company produced more than 2,000 hours of programming for cable, broadcast, syndication, international markets, home video and the Internet. Prior to that, Weiss was a successful print and broadcast journalist. By the time he was 25-years-old, Weiss had already worked as a producer for NBC's "TODAY Show" and as a staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times.
Ovation is a network devoted to artists and every kind of artistic expression. Ovation programming is a one-of-a-kind mix of original and selectively curated series, films, documentaries and specials. The network reaches a national audience of 51 million homes and is available on cable systems across the country, as well as nationally on DIRECTV, Dish, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse. 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, Ovation is also active in the social media space. See the Ovation Facebook page for the latest information and conversations about the network and the arts: http://Ovtn.tv/fb.