Scripps strengthens global slate

Editor | 08-04-2013
In a move that it says will reinforce its commitment to offering the highest quality programming to worldwide audiences, Scripps Networks International has announced three new production acquisition deals.
The Scripps global Food Network brand — the UK part of which, Food Network UK, is claimed to be the UK's fastest growing lifestyle and entertainment channel — has now acquired exclusive rights to two new programmes, Pizza Italiana with Thom and James and Recipes that Rock, a rock 'n' roll gastro-travel show featuring Alex James, the bass player from the British band Blur. In addition, Food Network Asia has secured the rights to Mobile Chef, a Singapore series that is said to showcase a cutting-edge chef and modern gastronomy at its finest.
Launched in July 2010 and assembled in Asia, Food Network Asia is a 24/7 English-language channel that includes a mix of popular Food Network series from the US as well as locally produced original content.
"We couldn't be happier with the calibre of our newest series," said Jon Sichel, managing director of Scripps Networks Interactive EMEA. "From British rock stars to street food super heroes, our new spring programming is fresh, fun and exemplifies the quality and uniqueness that our viewers have come to expect."
Pizza Italiana with Thom and James is being produced by Rampage and will premiere in the UK on 7 May. Recipes that Rock is scheduled to premiere in the UK in June 2013. The series is being produced by Mago Films with Marian Bartsch as executive producer and being distributed by Flame Distribution.