MIPTV ’13: Scripps Networks Int’l acquires trio of shows

New series for Food Network UK feature Blur's bassist Alex James and two pizza-baking brothers, while Food Network Asia has picked up Mobile Chef.
April 8, 2013

Scripps Networks International has picked up three series, slated for its Food Network brand in UK and Asia.

Recipes that Rock features Alex James, perhaps best known as bassist for UK band Blur but also an avid foodie and cheese-maker, and Australian restaurateur Matt Stone, brother of celebrity chef Curtis Stone.

Billed as an “on-the-road culinary discovery series,” the 6 x 30-minute program from Mago Films sees the duo exploring Australia’s Margaret River, and having what Scripps EMEA’s senior VP of content and marketing Nick Thorogood calls “the most fantastic rock and roll foodie experiences.”

The program is scheduled to debut in June and will be distributed by Flame Distribution.

Pizza Italiana with Thom and James features the two brothers behind London’s Pizza Pilgrims street food stall making their way across Italy in a Piaggio van to learn about the art of creating the perfect pizza and learning more about Italian food and lifestyle along the way.

At a Scripps press event on Sunday, Thorogood said the show came to his team’s attention during MIPCOM last October, and reaction to the Rampage Productions series was immediate.

“It’s rare that you see something and think, ‘Oh my God, I have to have that right now,” said Thorogood of the 6 x 30-minute series, set to premiere on May 7.

Thorogood added that both shows may also air on the recently rebranded Travel Channel in the UK.

Also unveiled at the press dinner was Mobile Chef, following Ryan Clift, head chef and “modern gastronomy pioneer” at Singapore restaurant The Tippling Club, as he travels to unlikely venues throughout Singapore to create ambitious dinners for select guests. The 8 x 30-minute series is produced in partnership with Singapore’s Media Development Authority.

Mobile Chef is a brilliant fusion of food meeting modern science,” said Derek Chang, newly appointed┬ámanaging director for Scripps Networks Asia, in a statement. “Chef Ryan is a true kitchen wizard and a perfect fit for the Food Network brand.”

Regarding the revamped Travel Channel in the UK, Scripps Networks Interactive EMEA managing director Jon Sichel told assembled journalists at the press event that the rebranding of the channel was “a personal passion of mine, having come over from the U.S. as general manager of the Travel Channel. We’re now building a global brand.”


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