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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
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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