Heath Ledger documentary to air on Ovation TV

Thu Jun 4, 2009 11:30pm EDT
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By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Heath Ledger: A Tribute," an hourlong documentary special on the life of the late Oscar-winning actor, will have its U.S. premiere on Ovation TV this summer.

The cable channel has acquired the film from Australian production company World Wide Entertainment and plans to air it in August as part of a weeklong programing event, "Live Fast, Die Young," which focuses on stars whose lives ended prematurely. Subjects include Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and John Belushi.

"Throughout his short career, Heath Ledger seemed a star destined to burn brightly and leave a lasting mark," said Kris Slava, senior vice president of programing for Ovation TV. "This documentary is a warm, honest portrayal of the actor and the man, and features footage that has never been seen in America."

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

<p>Actor Heath Ledger arrives at the premiere of the film "Candy" in New York November 6, 2006. REUTERS/Eric Thayer</p>