BBC Studios has struck an exclusive talent development deal with Kate Allinson and Kay Featherstone, the duo behind UK food blog Pinch of Nom, at its 2020 Showcase in Liverpool, England.
As part of the deal, Allinson (pictured right) and Featherstone (left) will work with BBC Studios Production to create Pinch of Nom content for digital platforms, including their first podcast series – launching in March 2020 — and video content for YouTube and Facebook.
The studio will also explore TV format opportunities with Allinson and Featherstone.
The pair previously owned a restaurant together near Liverpool, where Allinson served as head chef. After attending a “local slimming group,” they were inspired to share healthy recipes, founding the Pinch of Nom blog shortly after.
Allinson and Featherstone are also the authors behind 100 Slimming, Home-style Recipes and Everyday Light: 100 Tasty, Slimming Recipes All Under 400 Calories.
Pinch of Nom is set to launch in 17 territories in the spring, including the U.S. in May.
“Kate and Kay’s infectious warmth and honesty and their amazing ability to connect with people has meant they have built up an impressive community of passionate followers. We look forward to working with them to develop new content across a range of platforms and to bringing Pinch of Nom to an even wider audience,” Jon Swain, head of BBC Studios unscripted productions, said in a statement.
Also, BBC Studios has entered a long term partnership with New Zealand state-owned net TVNZ for its Planet franchise at the 2020 Showcase.
The multi-year deal provides TVNZ the New Zealand premiere rights for the studio’s landmark natural history series over the coming years: five from the Planet franchise and one other, yet to be announced title.
BBC Planet titles included in this deal are Seven Worlds, One Planet; Green Planet; Frozen Planet II; Planet Earth III; and Perfect Planet, produced by Silverback Films for the BBC.
“TVNZ has been a great supporter of our premium landmark Natural Histories for a number of years and we’re thrilled to partner with them for the BBC ‘Planet’ franchise. This long-term partnership will deliver ground-breaking factual programming and unmissable event television that will strongly resonate with New Zealand audiences,” Deb Tod, head of content sales and coproductions for BBC Studios ANZ, said in a statement.