Scripps Networks UK and EMEA has ordered the series Baggage Battles(pictured) and Jenny & Reza’s Fabulous Food Academy for the Travel Channel and Food Network, respectively.
The latter has commissioned the original series Jenny & Reza’s Fabulous Food Academy (25 x 30 minutes), in which Jenny Morris and Reza Mahammad are to teach six amateur chefs how to create a professional meal. Produced by Okuhle Media in South Africa, the series is to air on the Food Network UK and EMEA in the third quarter of this year.
Meanwhile, a fifth season of the Media Ranch and MY Entertainment-produced Baggage Battles (13 x 30 minutes) is to be Travel Channel UK and EMEA’s first commission for the year, and will air in the final quarter of 2015. The show follows a crew of auction specialists as they travel the world bidding on unclaimed baggage and freight.
“Baggage Battles has been a winning international series that particularly resonates in our markets,” said Phillip Luff, MD of Scripps Networks UK and EMEA, in a statement. “Taking the lead on the fifth series of this important production from our U.S. counterparts, this commission is testament to our passion and dedication to high-quality programming.
“We are also proud to be launching a new format with Jenny and Reza. who have been a huge hit with our audiences across the region,” the exec continued. “Our continued investment in our talent and original commissions has allowed for us to expand our portfolio as one of the world’s leading producers of engaging lifestyle content.”
Both series were commissioned by Gareth Williams, VP of commissioning for Scripps Networks UK & EMEA. Michael Yudin of MY Entertainment serves as executive producer on Baggage Battles, while Louise McClelland of Okuhle Media is exec producing Jenny & Reza’s Fabulous Food Academy.