Asian Food Network orders five new titles from Parade
Discovery-owned pay-TV channel Asian Food Network has ordered five new character-driven culinary shows from Parade Media.
Headlining the deal is Luke Nguyen’s Railway Vietnam (pictured; 10 x 30 minutes), in which chef Luke Nguyen travels around Vietnam, cooking his way through 10 locations, from the coastline of Hoi An to the picturesque town of Sapa in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range.
Meanwhile, Asia Unplated with Diana Chan (10 x 30 minutes) follows MasterChef Australia winner Diana Chan as she provides tips and advice for sourcing ingredients and cooking simple, authentic, home-style Asian dishes, and Inside the Box with Jack Stein (10 x 30 minutes) sees British chef Jack Stein immerse himself in cultural and food experiences, with the challenge of making new versions of local dishes using only what’s in his own box kitchen that follows him around the world.
Rounding out the slate are Everyday Gourmet with Justine Schofield (90 x 30 minutes) and Good Chef Bad Chef (65 x 30 minutes).
Banijay joint ventures bring content to Indian, Southeast Asian market
Banijay Group joint ventures The Natural Studios and Banijay Asia are partnering to bring “high-octane” content to the Indian and Southeast Asian markets.
The two businesses will come together to create long- and short-form content across both local and global platforms.
The partnership combines the adventure programming expertise of Bear Grylls and Delbert Shoopman, who launched The Natural Studios in October, with the extensive territory knowledge of Banijay Asia’s Deepak Dhar.
The first greenlight born of the partnership is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
DRG moves 200+ hours through Europe
Global prodco and distributor DRG has inked several deals in Central and Eastern Europe, totaling upwards of 200 hours of factual content.
AMC Networks International Central Europe has taken more than 60 hours of factual content, including A Royal Tour of the 20th Century (4 x 60 minutes), Meghan Markle: How to be Royal (1 x 60 minutes), Titans of the 20th Century (6 x 60 minutes), Jungle War (4 x 60 minutes), North Korea: Voices from the Secret State (1 x 60 minutes), Paul Hollywood’s City Bakes (13 x 30 minutes) and Rachel Khoo: My Swedish Kitchen (8 x 30 minutes).
Meanwhile, Viasat World has taken two seasons of The Yorkshire Vet (16 hours) and Life on the Line Australia (6 x 30 minutes), while Estonian TV has acquired two food series: Rachel Khoo: My Swedish Kitchen (8 x 30 minutes) and Remarkable Places to Eat: The Insider’s Guide (4 x 60 minutes).
Elsewhere, Media Vivantis ZRT has licensed Kate Middleton’s Wardrobe Secrets (1 x 60 minutes) and the social experiment series No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids go Gender Free? (2 x 60 minutes), while Croatia’s HRT acquired David Jason’s Secret Service (3 x 60 minutes), Ardal’s Ireland (3 x 60 minutes), and Martin Clunes’ Islands of America (4 x 60 minutes).
Finally, in the Czech Republic, Prima TV has taken the latest three seasons of The Yorkshire Vet (32 hours), Baby Animals Around the World (10 x 60 minutes), Baby Animals in the Wild (10 x 60 minutes) and history titles Blitzed: Nazis on Drugs (1 x 60 minutes) and Dynasties: The Families that Changed the World (4 x 60 minutes).
DRG’s commercial director, Adam Barth, oversaw each of the deals.