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Ramsay’s “Ultimate Home Cooking,” “Costa” head abroad

Distributor Optomen International has sold celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's latest two shows - Costa Del Nightmares and Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Home Cooking - to 140 international territories.
July 14, 2014

Optomen International, the distribution arm of All3Media-owned Optomen Television, has sold celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s latest two shows - Costa Del Nightmares and Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Home Cooking – to 140 international territories.

Costa del Nightmares (4 x 60-minute), which wrapped filming in Spain last week, has been pre-sold to 110 territories, including BBC Global in Africa, Poland and Asia, FX India, Planet TV Slovenia, SIC Portugal, TV Joj Slovakia, ABS Philippines and VTM Belgium.

A further 140 territories have signed on for Ramsay’s second series of Ultimate Home Cooking (20 x 30-minute), with BBC Global Africa and Asia, Digiturk Turkey, Discovery Italy, Russia and the Middle East, Fox Bulgaria, Foxtel Australia, LNK Lithuania, MediaWorks New Zealand, Multicanal Spain, ABS Philippines, NT7 Malaysia, Planet TV Slovenia, SIC Portugal and TVN Poland acquiring the title.

With these deals, Optomen has now moved more than 1,900 hours of Ramsay-related unscripted programming – including such U.S. Ramsay-hosted productions as Hotel Hell, Cookalong Live, MasterChef (a coproduction with Shine America) and MasterChef Junior (also a coproduction with Shine America); in addition to UK productions Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Home Cookery Course, Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Home Cooking, and Gordon Ramsay Shark Bait.

“The Gordon Ramsay brand is as strong as ever,” said Caroline Stephenson, director of sales for Optomen International, in a statement. “There’s something about Gordon’s no-nonsense approach to all things culinary, whether he’s cooking a family meal or bringing his bracing common sense to bear on a restaurant in trouble that resonates with audiences the world over.”

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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