Scripps takes “Food & Wine,” “Trains” for Travel Channel

Scripps Networks UK and EMEA has ordered two original series for the Travel Channel, including Food & Wine Adventures and season two of Jonathan Phang's Gourmet Trains (pictured).
December 9, 2014

Scripps Networks UK and EMEA has ordered two original series for the Travel Channel, including Food & Wine Adventures and season two of Jonathan Phang’s Gourmet Trains (pictured).

The Tuesday’s Child-produced Food & Wine Adventures (6 x 30 minutes) follows British TV presenter Jenny Powell and French wine expert and restaurateur Olivier Magny on a culinary road trip around Romania.

Meanwhile, series two of Jonathan Phang’s Gourmet Trains (6 x 60 minutes) features food writer and style expert Jonathan Phang travelling the world by train and sampling international cuisine along the way. In each episode of the Transparent Television-made series, Jonathan uses the train’s designated stops to explore the food and culture of the area.

Nick Thorogood, senior VP of content and marketing for Scripps Networks UK and EMEA, and Gareth Williams, VP of commissioning for the company, commissioned both series for Travel Channel.

“Adding two new original series to our programming slate for Travel Channel is a fantastic way to end the year,” said Thorogood in a statement. “Through both long- and short-form content, we continue to develop shows that reflect the cultural diversity of the regions in which we operate, balanced with our flagship U.S. series, further cementing both our talent and brands as household names.”

The commissions come as the company marks its fifth anniversary in the regions, which began with the launch of Food Network in the UK and now includes Travel Channel and Fine Living, which are all distributed across more than 130 countries and territories.

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