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French nets scoop up Gordon Ramsay

Optomen International reports a raft of sales in French-speaking territories for series starring the surly superchef.
February 23, 2011

Optomen International, the distribution arm of Optomen Television, is reporting a raft of sales in French-speaking territories for series starring surly superchef Gordon Ramsay.

The chef’s latest series is Ramsay’s Best Restaurant (pictured), produced by his shingle One Potato Two Potato for Channel 4. It’s been sold to French DTT network W9, as well as Discovery Italy.

Meanwhile, the first four seasons of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares have been bought by French online channel Teva and French-Canadian cable channel Evasion, which ramped up its Ramsay content by taking Kitchen Nightmares USA and both seasons of Gordon’s Great Escape. Kitchen Nightmares USA was also sold into Spain, to air on Antena 3’s Neox.

Also, Paris-based prodco Coyote has optioned format rights to Great British Waste Menu, a 90-minute “food event” that features the nation’s top chefs turning discarded but perfectly edible food into tasty dishes.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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