Fremantle to distribute content from Travel Channel at MipTV
MUMBAI: Television format creator and distributor FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) has announced its partnership with The Travel Channel making it the exclusive international distributor for the network’s original programming.
The agreement provides access to a catalogue of more than 200 hours of top-tier programming from the US Travel Channel as well as a first-look at new productions for possible co-financing for international distribution. FME will make The Travel Channel library available for international sale at MipTV, which takes place in Cannes from 7-11 April.
Headlining the slate are talent-led titles Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Samantha Brown Passport to China and Best Places to Find Cash and Treasures with Kirsten Gumm all shot in high definition.
FME CEO David Ellender said, “As the world gets smaller viewers are very excited to learn about new places and cultures. We are delighted to deliver programming that takes a fascinating approach to the topic with the best of talent and the highest in production values in the genre.”
Travel Channel Media president, GM Patrick Younge says, "FremantleMedia is a leader in global content distribution, and the ideal partner to represent the Travel Channel‘s content in the international marketplace. This opportunity enables us to both build the Travel Channel brand internationally, and to support the US tourism industry by showcasing domestic destinations to millions of international travellers."
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations invites viewers to travel the world with the experienced chef and writer seeking out authentic experiences and food that flavour the world’s culture. The Zero Point Zero production, profiles Bourdain who is currently the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles and has run kitchens in many prestigious eateries such as New York City‘s Supper Club and One Fifth Avenue. His literary work has appeared in the New York Times, The Times and The Face. He is a contributing authority for Food Arts magazine.
Following his wanderlust, Bourdain’s journey takes him to people and places far beyond the realm of food. From Iceland to Vietnam, the show presents a candid view of a chef out of his kitchen and his comfort zone!
Packing an open and curious mind, a strong stomach, and a healthy appetite for travel, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern follows the chef and food writer, as he tastes his way around the world eating bear, tongue, pigeon, brain, turtle soup, and even pig’s toes. In each episode, he reveals the beauty of both the locations and the traditions behind the foods he consumes; he broadens the viewers’ culinary horizons and encourages their palates to venture outside grilled cheese sandwiches and hamburgers and take a chance to taste the world.
Taking her viewers on an adventure of a lifetime, in her series Samantha Brown Passport to China the travel presenter discovers what’s new in one of the world’s oldest countries. In a land where East is meeting West in surprising ways, China is being rebuilt as a tourist Mecca because of the 2008 Olympic Games.
On Best Places to Find Cash and Treasures host Kirsten Gumm takes the viewer on a journey to uncover relics, buried jewels and other valuable items at real locations accessible to the public. Kirsten then takes her finds to local experts to transform her raw gems into fabulous treasures.
How much are they worth? Find out when certified appraisers price them in our final “Show Me the Money!” reveal. In pursuit of each treasure, Becky brings viewers along as she unearths unexpected finds.