U.S. producer-distributor CABLEready has inked agreements with Finland’s Aito Media and Spain’s D4D, expanding its line-up ahead of MIPCOM with the addition of several new series.
The company has added a pair of series hosted by acclaimed chefs Eric Ripert and Todd English, in a bid to expand its offering in the food show category, adding to existing properties such as The Minimalist and A Cook’s Tour.
Avec Eric (23 x 30-minutes) sees Ripert travel the world to meet with renowned chefs and friends to demonstrate how to turn a simple meal into a shared adventure. The series, produced by Anomaly, airs on PBS in the U.S., and won the 2011 Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Culinary Program category.
Food Trip with Todd English (11 x 30-minutes), meanwhile, also airs on PBS, and sees English travel the world reinventing traditional cooking.
Elsewhere, new pick-up Heartbeat (16 x 30-minutes) is a docudrama following families as they experience the birth of a child; while 30 Days on the Silk Road (10 x 60-minutes) takes a trip down the ancient network of interlinking trade routes.
Both series are produced by Aito Media, which is also behind Across Russia in 30 Days (8 x 60-minutes), in which Finnish actor Ville Haapasolo travels across the world’s biggest country, immersing himself in Russian culture and history.
Finally, World Cities 3D (13 x 60-minutes) documents the experience of vibrant travel guides as they learn and share the history and culture of cities all across the world. The series is produced by D4D.
Gary Lico, CABLEready’s president and CEO, said: “These new shows will allow us to provide our broadcast partners with programming featuring an even broader scope of culture, themes and viewpoints from around the globe.”