Exclusive: Media Ranch brings “Life in the Kitchen” to Canada

Montreal-based prodco Media Ranch has picked up the rights to remake the Studio Lambert format Life in the Kitchen (pictured) in Canada, following a deal with distributor All3Media International.
March 16, 2015

Montreal-based prodco Media Ranch is to remake the Studio Lambert-created format Life in the Kitchen  (pictured) for Canada, following a deal with distributor All3Media International.

The format – originally produced by Studio Lambert as a 3 x 60-minute series for BBC2 in the UK – follows family life at meal times, and uses a recurring cast of different households and characters to explore how food is bought, prepared and ultimately enjoyed.

The agreement covers both English- and French-speaking Canada.

“We knew we had to bring Life in the Kitchen to Canadian audiences the minute we saw it,” said Sophie Ferron, president of Media Ranch, in a statement.

“We fell in love with it as it explores the most important room in the house – the kitchen – which is the heart of the family home,” the exec added. “This format fits perfectly in our portfolio strategy of creating ‘entertainment with a conscience.’”

Media Ranch most recently completed the first adaptation of Norwegian format Dining with the Enemy for TV5 Québec. The company is also the exclusive agent for Endemol formats in French Canada, and has produced a local version of Wipeout and sold the rights to remake the Endemol formats Children of TV to Radio-Canada, and The Last Passenger to Tele-Quebec.

CORRECTION: 3/16/15, 1:16 p.m. EST An earlier version of this story stated that Media Ranch had produced a local version of the Endemol format Children of TV, when in fact, as Endemol’s agent for French Canada, it had sold the remake rights to Radio-Canada.


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