“Kitchen Nightmares” heads to Central and Eastern Europe

Networks across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have acquired the format rights to Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (pictured) from distributor Optomen International.
December 17, 2014

Networks across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have picked up the format rights to Kitchen Nightmares (pictured) from distributor Optomen International.

The reality show follows celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay as he spends a week with troubled restauranteurs to help turn the business around.

Nova in Bulgaria, Pro TV in Romania and TV2 in Hungary have ordered their first local versions of the format. Meanwhile, TVN in Poland has ordered a ninth local season and Prima in the Czech Republic ordered a fifth season. The deals bring the number of localized versions of Kitchen Nightmares set to air around the world to 35.

TVN has also ordered the first season of Ramsay-fronted UK series, Hotel Hell.

Over the past three months, Optomen has sold other Ramsay shows Gordon’s Great Escape, The F Word, Gordon’s Healthy Cooking, Gordon’s Ultimate Cookery Course, Gordon’s Ultimate Christmas, Gordon’s Home Cooking Seasonal Selections and Gordon Ramsay Cook-a-long to networks in the region.

The company has also inked deals for Heston’s Feast with networks in Russia, the Baltic states, the Czech Republic and Romania, as well as several other food-centric series

“This unprecedented level of sales activity is not just the result of our focus on CEE in the wake of strong interest at MIPCOM,” said Optomen International’s director of sales, Caroline Stephenson, in a statement. “It also points to the region’s growing enthusiasm for high-end factual entertainment programming.”

Additionally, AMC Networks picked up Kevin’s Man Made Home and Kevin McCloud: Homes in the Wild for Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Brendan’s Love Cruise and Superior Interiors have been picked up by Pro TV for Romania.

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