Ugly Brother Studios brings “BBQ Champ” to U.S.

London-based studio Whizz Kid Entertainment and Adam Richman's County of Kings prodco have inked a deal with Los Angeles' Ugly Brother Studios to bring cooking competition series BBQ Champ (pictured) Stateside.
May 9, 2016

London-based studio Whizz Kid Entertainment and Man vs Food star Adam Richman’s prodco County of Kings have inked a deal with Ugly Brother Studios to bring UK cooking competition series BBQ Champ (pictured) Stateside.

The deal follows a wave of international acquisitions for the UK series, which has been picked up by broadcasters across New Zealand, Asia, Italy and Canada. The format was originally produced for British broadcaster ITV and stars Richman, Myleene Klass and Mark Blatchford.

A localized adaptation of the format was commissioned by Brazilian broadcaster SBT earlier this year.

Those deals were secured by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, which holds worldwide distribution rights outside of the U.S.

The format, which will serve as a potential starring vehicle for Richman in the U.S., pits eight contestants in a variety of weekly barbecue-based challenges as they compete to be crowned BBQ Champ.

“It’s harder and harder to find an international format that will resonate stateside,” said Mike Duffy, co-founder of Ugly Brother Studios, in a statement. “Barbecue is arguably America’s signature cuisine. Working with Malcolm Gerrie [Whizz Kid CEO], Lisa Chapman and Adam Richman, we’re intent on making the definitive American BBQ competition series.”

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