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“Confucius Was a Foodie” set for U.S. public television premiere

Boston-based public TV syndicator American Public Television (APT) will broadcast Canadian-produced docuseries Confucius Was A Foodie for the first time in the U.S. and Canada. A reworked and extended version of the ...
January 3, 2019

Boston-based public TV syndicator American Public Television (APT) will broadcast Canadian-produced docuseries Confucius Was A Foodie for the first time in the U.S. and Canada.

A reworked and extended version of the first season of the food and travel series (8 x 60 minutes) will air on public television stations, including PBS stations, across the U.S. and parts of Canada beginning this month. All three seasons of Confucius Was a Foodie are currently broadcast in over 100 countries by Nat Geo People, and by other broadcasters in Asia, South East Asia and Europe.

The series follows celebrity chef Christine Cushing as she travels to different places to explore how food can break down cultural barriers.

Confucius Was a Foodie is produced by Jason Loftus, CEO and EP of Toronto-based Lofty Sky Entertainment. It was co-created, written and directed by showrunner Theresa Kowall-Shipp. It is distributed in the U.S. by APT and presented by WNED, Public Media for Western New York and Southern Ontario.

“Public media is the perfect fit for this series and the extended 55-minute episodes are how we’ve always envisioned the show. We believe PBS viewers in the U.S. and Canada are going to love it,” said Loftus, in a statement.

“Traveling the world and becoming a student again has been the greatest adventure of my life,” added Cushing. “I had no idea that Confucius would lead me to sweating it out making noodles in the jungles of Taiwan, dining at Michelin-starred restaurants or learning about Chinese medicine from a Greek doctor in Athens. I can’t wait to see where he will take me next.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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