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FINE ARTS NETWORK ANNOUNCED; J. CARTER BROWN AND TERRY SANFORD JOIN BOARD

 NEW YORK, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- OVATION, Inc., the Fine Arts Network, today announced that J. Carter Brown, director emeritus of the National Gallery of Art, has been named chairman of the board of directors and that former U.S. Sen. Terry Sanford (D-N.C.) has joined the board as a director.
 Dr. Harold E. Morse, a cable programming pioneer who was a founder and chief executive officer of The Learning Channel, is OVATION's president and CEO, and Anthony S. Harrington, a senior partner in the Washington law firm Hogan & Hartson, serves on the board of OVATION which is headquartered in Alexandria, Va.
 Brown is known around the world for his leadership in the arts. He served as director of the National Gallery of Art from 1969 to 1992. He is chairman of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the Leadership Council of the National Cultural Alliance.
 "OVATION will provide drama and other performing arts institutions and art museums with a much-needed showcase for performance, exhibitions and behind-the-scenes updates on the world of the arts," said Brown. "American television viewers need and want a channel dedicated to high quality theater, music, dance and visual arts."
 The new basic cable network will begin operations in the fall of 1994 with transmission via satellite to cable system viewers who will be able to choose from a number of new networks because of channel compression technology. Announcements about marketing and programming initiatives will be made in coming months.
 Here is a brief look at OVATION's board members:
 -- Brown joined the National Gallery of Art in Washington in 1961 and was its director for 23 years at a time when the gallery grew dramatically and won world acclaim for innovative exhibitions. He is a trustee and member of many arts and academic institutions.
 -- Sanford was a U.S. senator for six years after serving as governor of North Carolina and president of Duke University. He is well-known in the business community and has served on the board of directors of national corporations.
 -- Morse, recipient of the cable industry's Vanguard Award, directed The Learning Channel from its inception as a part-time regional service to a 24-hour, fast growing-national network which was acquired in 1991 by The Discovery Channel.
 -- Harrington is a founder of TelecomUSA, a publicly owned long distance telephone company that merged with MCI Communications in 1990 and has been a director, investor and counsel to other communications ventures including TLC. He is a senior partner of the Washington law firm of Hogan & Hartson and has served as general counsel for the Clinton-Gore presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
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