“Ottolenghi,” “River Cottage” head to Europe, Asia

Distributor Hat Trick has secured international deals for Keo Films-produced culinary factual programs Ottolenghi's Mediterranean Feast (pictured) and River Cottage Australia.
February 17, 2015

Networks across Europe, the Middle East and Asia have picked up the culinary-themed factual programs Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feast and River Cottage Australia from distributor Hat Trick International.

The series were produced by UK indie Keo Films and sold through an ongoing representation deal with Hat Trick.

Both seasons of Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feast (eight x one-hour, pictured) have been acquired by AMC Networks to air in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Moldova. Turkey’s Bloomberg, Israel’s Channel 8, Poland’s ITI, South Africa’s Home Channel, Brazil’s Globosat, Denmark’s DR, Finland’s YLE, Germany’s RTL, Iceland’s RUV, New Zealand’s Living Channel and Singapore’s MediaCorp have also picked up the show.

The series, which originally aired in the UK via Channel 4, follows chef Yotam Ottolenghi as he travels to Morocco and Turkey.

Meanwhile, AMC Networks in Central and Eastern Europe and Scripps Networks in Asia picked up three seasons of River Cottage Australia in respective pan-regional deals. Denmark’s TV2, New Zealand’s Sky/Prime and Poland’s ITI have also acquired the show. The first season (eight x one hour) is airing in the UK on More4.

Coproduced by Keo Films and Keo Films Australia for Foxtel’s The Lifestyle Channel, the social experiment series follows Tasmanian chef Paul West as he sets up his own self-sustaining farm on the South coast of Australian state New South Wales.

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