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Russia’s REN TV picks up “The Taste” format

Distributor Red Arrow International has sold the format rights for culinary competition series The Taste (pictured) to Russia's REN TV.
April 3, 2013

Distributor Red Arrow International has sold the format rights for culinary competition series The Taste (pictured) to Russian broadcaster REN TV.

Originally produced by┬áSanta Monica-based Kinetic Content for U.S. network ABC, the series starred Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey as the celebrity chef mentors for a team of amateur and professional cooks vying for the title of America’s best tasting dish.

Execs at REN TV, one of Russia’s largest private TV networks, plan to develop a local version of The Taste as the flagship format for its primetime schedule.

International networks that have picked up the series include CTV in Canada, Fox in India, Australia’s Nine Network and M6 in France.

The Taste was created by Kinetic Content, Red Arrow Entertainment Group’s U.S. production company. The series is executive produced by Chris Coelen, Matila Zoltowski, Emma Conway, Bourdain and Lawson.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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