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Ovation Celebrates the Great Ukulele Comeback With the U.S. Television Premiere of "Mighty Uke" Tuesday, August 16
The film "deftly illustrates how this tiny instrument's rich history has unfolded and has had a profound affect on music around the world."

[via press release from Ovation]


Santa Monica, CA, July 21, 2011 --- Charting the comeback of a musical underdog, MIGHTY UKE, a documentary film that has won the hearts of film festival goers across the country, is making its US television debut on Ovation Tuesday, August 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

MIGHTY UKE deftly illustrates how this tiny instrument's rich history has unfolded and has had a profound affect on music around the world. The documentary takes viewers from the uke's earliest days as the musical instrument of the Hawaiian royal court to its rise to fame during Hollywood's golden age and on to its fade into obscurity during the advent of rock 'n' roll. With the internet age, however, the ukulele is experiencing a remarkable comeback and is making new fans of all ages. This fascinating film is packed with historical tidbits, personal stories and entertaining performances.

"The much maligned little ukulele deserves some respect, and MIGHTY UKE gives it in spades. What's more, the film is fun," said Kris Slava, SVP, Programming, Ovation. "MIGHTY UKE is a loving portrait of an under-appreciated instrument now experiencing an incredible resurgence in popularity. This is a heart-warming film that is as informative as it is entertaining. Ovation is the perfect venue for its national debut."

MIGHTY UKE is a film by Tony Coleman and Margaret Meagher for Tiny Goat Films Ltd. For more information on program scheduling, visit www.ovationtv.com.

About Ovation:

Ovation is the only multi-platform network devoted to arts culture. Ovation gives its viewers access to the artists who define our cultural landscape through its one-of-a-kind mix of hand-picked documentaries, series, movies, and specials.

The channel reaches a national audience of 44 million households through carriage on cable systems, DirecTV (channel 274), Dish Network (channel 157) and Telco systems nationally. 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 to offering contests, trivia, facts and supplemental video online, the network has created an award-winning online community (www.ovationtv.com/community) for everyone from passionate artists to curious creative's who want to share their work and their thoughts. To date, over 160,000 pieces of original art have been uploaded to the site by members.

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