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MIPCOM ’13: Media Ranch takes “Dining With the Enemy” to Canada, UK

Montreal-based Media Ranch is taking on the Dining With the Enemy (pictured) format from Norway by producing a French-language version airing on TV5 in Quebec that sees a journalist and chef covering war zones.
October 9, 2013

Montreal-based Media Ranch is taking on the Dining With the Enemy format from Norway by producing a French-language version airing on TV5 in Quebec that sees a journalist and chef covering war zones.

The documentary series, to be locally known as À Table avec l’ennemi, will follow journalist and author Frédérick Lavoie and Toqué! restaurant chef Charles-Antoine Crête as they bring together members of two opposing parties at the dinner table.

Shooting will begin in January of 2014, and the 6 x 60-minute series will air on TV5 in the fall. Production will take place in Mexico, Rwanda, Afghanistan and more.

Media Ranch has also licensed the format for English-speaking Canada and the UK.

“We forget that, in war zones or risk areas, life goes on,” said TV5 programming director Pierre Gang. “People try to live a normal life and their main concerns are much like ours. Through a journey that will be dangerous at times and full of unforeseen events, we hope the dinner table will serve as a meeting place, a place for dialogue and hope between two cultures.”

“It’s amazing how a meal, prepared following local traditions and customs, can bring together opponents who’ve been confronting each other for decades,” added Sophie Ferron, Media Ranch president and producer. “Shooting a broadcast in a foreign country is something, shooting a broadcast in a war zone is something else. Our hosts are pretty brave to accept this mandate.”

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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