American pubcaster PBS and Vox Media’s culinary brand Eater are teaming on the television series No Passport Required (w/t), featuring famed chef Marcus Samuelsson.
Produced by Vox Entertainment, Vox Media’s production and distribution arm, the 6 x 60-minute program, which represents Eater’s first move into network television programming, will celebrate America’s diverse food culture as Samuelsson (pictured) travels to less-visited parts of the country to spotlight the people, places and culinary flavors of immigrant communities.
Samuelsson’s journeys take him to Washington, DC’s Little Ethiopia, Fremont, California’s Little Kabul,Vietnamese shrimpers on the bayous of Louisiana and more.
Along with the liner series, nationwide events will bring the featured cuisine to audiences in each city through exclusive behind-the-scenes digital content on Eater and pbs.org, and through local outreach by PBS member stations and Eater’s local city platforms.
“We’re excited to partner with Vox Media and Marcus Samuelsson to give PBS stations and viewers an opportunity to explore the rich cultural diversity available in our own cities, towns and rural areas,” said Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and general manager, general audience programming at PBS, said in a statement.
The series is executive produced by Marty Moe, Chad Mumm, Amanda Kludt, Jim Bankoff and Marcus Samuelsson for Vox Entertainment. Pamela A. Aguilar and Bill Gardner are executives for PBS and Michael Kelley oversaw the agreement.
No Passport Required is slated to premiere in 2018 on PBS.