Discovery Int’l orders “Taste Off,” “Ultimate Shopper”

Discovery Networks International has commissioned a fashion competition series featuring model Holly Valance (pictured) and a culinary travel show from UK prodco Betty, to air on TLC in 150 markets internationally.
June 12, 2012

Discovery Networks International (DNI) has commissioned the lifestyle series Taste Off and Ultimate Shopper from Betty, the London-based production company acquired by Discovery Communications last year, to air on TLC internationally.

Taste Off (8 x 30-minutes) is a travelogue/competitive culinary show that follows British chef and author Aaron Craze as he travels to countries such as Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico and Australia and attempts to cook the national dishes as authentically as the locals.

Meanwhile, Ultimate Shopper (7 x 60-minutes) pits four fashionistas against one another in a series of style challenges that are judged by model and singer Holly Valance (pictured above), fashion expert Brix Smith Start, photographer Paul Hartnett and a guest judge. It is based on Magnolia’s Shopping Night format, which airs on Real Time in Italy.

Both series will air on TLC in more than 150 markets, including Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

“Fashion and food are two of TLC’s most popular genres, and the commissioning of Taste Off and Ultimate Shopper – inspired by Real Time Italy’s hit series Shopping Night – taps into the essence of what our female flagship channels are all about,” said DNI’s chief content officer and exec VP Luis Silberwasser.

“These series are totally in our blood – being a sassy and competitive take on fashion, and a food show with a great twist taking on the local experts,” added Betty CEO Liz Warner.

Both series were commissioned by DNI head of production Julian Bellamy. Taste Off is executive produced by Jon Sechrist for TLC and Neil Smith for Betty. Ultimate Shopper is exec produced by Sarah Thornton for TLC and David Emerson for Betty.


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