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DRG crowns “Real King’s Speech,” “Royal Kitchen” doc sales

UK-based distributor DRG has sold Secrets of the Royal Kitchen to Food Network UK, while also inking 13 new deals for its Channel 4 documentary The Real King's Speech (pictured).
March 29, 2011

UK-based distributor DRG has sold Secrets of the Royal Kitchen to Food Network UK, while also inking 13 new deals for its Channel 4 (C4) documentary The Real King’s Speech (pictured).

Secrets of the Royal Kitchen, which promises to offer viewers a culinary insight into the British royal family, will air April 17 at 4 p.m. GMT, tying in with the furor surrounding the Prince William/Kate Middleton wedding.

“With everyone experiencing royal fever these days, Food Network UK is serving up the perfect wedding appetizer,” said Nick Thorogood, MD of Food Network EMEA. “The special provides a unique and relatively unknown culinary perspective of the Royal Family, making it a natural fit for Food Network UK.”

The deal comes with DRG having also penned new deals for The Real King’s Speech, selling the one-hour special to Bravo! and CTV in Canada; National Geographic Latin America; YLE Finland; ABC Australia; DR Denmark, NRK Norway, Prime in New Zealand and TVE in Spain.

Patrick Roberts, DRG’s senior VP of international sales, said: “Its UK premiere delivered one of C4′s highest ratings for a documentary this year and today’s deals underline the world’s fascination with an extraordinary king’s struggle.

“[Producer] 1212′s ability to deliver such a superb and fast turnaround documentary has allowed us to capitalize on the global success of the feature film – the special will be further promoted at MIPTV.”

The news comes with the distributor set to launch 40 new documentary and factual entertainment titles at MIPTV next month, including 10 commissions from the BBC.

Among the slate’s highlights is Perfume, a three-part BBC4 series from Nick Curwin and Magnus Temple’s indie The Garden; and Hidden Treasures of Art, a three-part series produced by Modern TV, which sees Griff Rhys Jones travel the globe in search of remote cultures and their art.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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