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Ovation Names Samuels Distribution Chief

Network sales veteran Brad Samuels has joined cable channel Ovation as executive VP, distribution.

Ovation also said that Chad Gutstein, who was part of the team that acquired Ovation in 2006, has been promoted to chief operating officer from executive VP.

Samuels will report to Gutstein. Ellen Schned, who had been senior VP of distribution, is pursuing a career as a cable consultant and will continue to work with Ovation on distribution strategy, the network said.

Samuels joins Ovation from MSG Media where he was executive VP, content distribution until October 2010. MSG and Time Warner Cable are currently in a very public dispute over the carriage of Madison Square Garden Network and Fuse.

Previously, Samuels supervised affiliate sales for TV One and Comedy Central.