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Extra: Discovery takes Jamie Oliver content; South Africa takes “The Ex-Team”

Discovery, C4 ink Jamie Oliver content deal Media giant Discovery has inked a deal with British pubcaster Channel 4 to acquire a catalog of Jamie Oliver (pictured) content for its free-to-air lifestyle ...
February 27, 2019

Discovery, C4 ink Jamie Oliver content deal

Media giant Discovery has inked a deal with British pubcaster Channel 4 to acquire a catalog of Jamie Oliver (pictured) content for its free-to-air lifestyle channel Food Network.

The deal includes 13 new titles: Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food, Jamie’s Money Saving Meals, Jamie’s Super Food, and Jamie Cooks Summer. Also included are Christmas specials Jamie’s Festive Feast, Jamie’s Ultimate Christmas, Nigella Christmas Special, River Cottage Christmas Special, Jamie’s Christmas Eve, Jamie’s Family Christmas and Jamie’s Italian Christmas.

The eight relicensed titles include Jamie Does, Jamie’s American Road Trip, Jamie’s Comfort Food, Jamie’s Great Escape, Jamie’s Ministry of Food, Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast and Jamie’s Cracking Christmas.

Discovery took the helm of Food Network when it acquired Scripps Networks Interactive in March 2018.

NBCUniversal Int’l Formats inks deal with Thailand’s The One

NBCUniversal International Formats has secured a deal to bring a localized adaptation of the Top Chef spin-off Just Desserts to Thailand’s The One Enterprise.

The 11-part confectionery competition format will see the country’s top pastry chefs go head-to-head in a series of challenges to determine the top Thai confectionery masters. The air date for Just Desserts has not been announced but will transmit on Thailand’s entertainment channel One31.

Additionally, NBCUniversal International Formats has also penned renewal deals with The One Enterprise to bring a third 13 x 60-minute season of the culinary competition series Top Chef and a second season of the dance format World of Dance to the Thai market via broadcaster One31.

Viacom launches Paramount+ with Telia in Finland

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has launched Paramount+ in Finland via network operator, Telia.

Paramount+ subscribers will have access to new Paramount movies, classic films, and television dramas. In addition, Paramount+ will offer MTV and Comedy Central shows and global sports events, as well as kids content and movies from Nickelodeon.

A subscription to Paramount+ will be available to all Telia TV customers for an additional €7.95 (US$9) per month.

Paramount+ was initially rolled out in the Nordics in 2017 as a set-top box and TV Everywhere application to subscribers via pay TV operators. The Telia partnership marks the first time that Paramount+ is available directly to consumers on a standalone subscription basis.

Armoza Formats’ The Ex-Team heads to South Africa

Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats has sent its factual entertainment format The Ex-Team to South African lifestyle channel VIA.

Produced by Artza Productions and Armoza Formats, The Ex Team (60 minutes) features a bachelor who wants to settle down but can’t find the “right one”. To help guide him on his quest, three of his ex-girlfriends will try to put aside their differences and work together to help him find love. Accompanied by a relationship advisor, the exes will meet potential love matches, determine who suits him the best, and offer up their own rules for grooming and dating.

The Ex-Team is slated to premiere on VIA later this year.

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