Off the Fence, Cooked in Africa Films cook up a deal

South African prodco Cooked in Africa Films will see 70 hours of its African food, travel and lifestyle content represented by Off the Fence, through a new distribution agreement. (Pictured: Justin Bonello in Cooked)
August 23, 2011

South African prodco Cooked in Africa Films will see 70 hours of its African food, travel and lifestyle content represented by Off the Fence, through a new distribution agreement.

In the deal, five seasons of the Cooked (pictured) series are included, as is the spin-off series Getaway to Africa (13 x 30 minutes).

Cooked is a 32-hour series following cook and traveller, Justin Bonello, as he eats his way around Africa.


The package also includes Going Solo: Madagascar (6 x 30 minutes), starring solo-adventurer, Riaan Manser, as he kayaks around Madagascar. The series, shot by Manser over an 11-month stretch, features close encounters with whales breaching close by and sharks ramming into his kayak.

Other titles include Exploring the Vine (13 x 30 minutes), which sees three young South African wine makers making, drinking and tasting wine; Charly’s Cake Angels (13 x 30 minutes), a behind-the-scenes look at Charly’s candy-striped bakery in Cape Town; lifestyle make-over series, Fresh Living TV (13 x 30 minutes); and The Ride of the Peacemaker (6 x 50 minutes), a series that retraces the 950-km, 10-day horseback journey of Dick King that changed the course of South African history.

“It is great to be partnering with Cooked in Africa Films and driving the company’s global content distribution,” said Georgina Eyre, head of acquisitions for Off the Fence. “OTF prides itself on high-quality factual content with global appeal, so Cooked in Africa’s programming makes the perfect addition to our catalog.”

“Our partnership with OTF represents a tremendous coup for our business,” added Cooked in Africa Films’ founder and executive producer Justin Bonello. “We’re especially thrilled to be represented by a heavyweight global distributor like OTF, and have the company representing all our back catalog and future properties.”


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