BBCWW to shop “Pressure Cooker” internationally

The Bristow Global Media-Fresh One Productions cooking competition series will be distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide, with Julie Bristow's BGM retaining North American rights. (Pictured: Julie Bristow)
October 7, 2014

BBC Worldwide has acquired format rights and the finished Canadian version of Pressure Cooker, a cooking competition series and the first fruit from the creative partnership between Bristow Global Media (BGM) and Fresh One Productions, for international distribution.

In the 10 x 60-minute series, currently in production for a fall launch on Canada’s W Network, celebrity chefs are paired with home cooks in a competition that only allows them to use random ingredients delivered via a specially designed conveyor belt that moves at various intervals throughout the show.

The series is the first to be announced from the strategic creative partnership between Toronto-based BGM and UK-based Fresh One Productions, which sees the two companies working together to co-develop new formats tailored for a Canadian audience, but also suitable for international adaptations.

BGM retains North American distribution rights for Pressure Cooker.

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