ITV commissions UK edition of Next Level Chef
ITV has commissioned Studio Ramsay Global to produce a UK version of Next Level Chef, whose U.S. debut season — featuring a judging panel headed by SRG namesake Gordon Ramsay — brought in strong ratings for Fox when it launched in January, and has since been confirmed for a second season.
The format adds a high-concept twist to the traditional cooking competition by stacking three kitchens on top of each other, which are linked by a hydraulic platform. Beginning with a state-of-the-art kitchen on the top level and proceeding to a drab, bare-bones set-up on the bottom, each level forces the participating chefs to demonstrate their skills, speed and resourcefulness as they grab what ingredients they can from the moving platform as it descends through the middle of the cutaway set.
The last chef standing will receive a cash prize of £100,000, as well as a one-year mentorship from Ramsay and the other two top names from the culinary world who will serve with him as judges for the UK version.
Casting is currently underway for the eight-part series, which is set to premiere on ITV and ITVX in 2023.
Rawcliffe commissioned the series for ITV along with commissioning editors Lily Wilson and Paula Thomas Gallie. Ramsay, Lisa Edwards and Iain Peckham are executive producers for Studio Ramsay Global. Lyndon Tovey is series editor, while Sarah Needham and Ben Flower are production executives.
HGTV greenlights new Tarek and Heather Rae El Moussa docuseries
HGTV star Tarek El Moussa — who earlier this year signed a new multi-year talent deal with the Warner Bros. Discovery-owned net — will front a new real estate-themed docuseries for the broadcaster along with his wife, Heather Rae El Moussa, who previously appeared with her husband on his show Flipping 101.
The Flipping El Moussas (w/t) will follow the recently-wed couple (pictured) as they juggle a house move, a large-scale renovation and their efforts to expand their family, while Heather learns the ropes of Tarek’s house-flipping business.
“Tarek and Heather Rae’s story resonates with millions of followers across their social media platforms,” said Jane Latman, president, home & food content and streaming at Warner Bros. Discovery. “This new series will delve deeper into their lucrative business ventures and dynamic personal lives, and will deliver the flipping tips and real-estate expertise viewers have come to expect from the magnetic pair.”
The eight-episode series is produced by Diga Studios in association with Homemade Productions.
Cineflix Rights secures CEE sales ahead of NATPE Budapest
Ahead of this year’s NATPE Budapest market, which begins on June 27, UK indie distributor Cineflix Rights has reported that it has closed a number of deals for factual titles with Central and Eastern European broadcasters, in addition to sales for scripted series Marcella (Netflix) and Coroner (CBC).
Heading to the Czech Republic will be true-crime titles John Wayne Gacy: Killer Clown’s Revenge (4 x 60 min.), which has been acquired by TV JOJ, and Battle of Alcatraz (2 x 60 min.), which has been picked up by AMC Networks International for FTV Prima, and for pan–Central Europe emission by AMCNI’s Spektrum. Both series were produced by Hoff Productions for U.S. digital network Reelz.
In Poland, AETN will be taking the second season of Killer Cases (10 x 60 min.), produced by Law&Crime Productions for the True Crime Network. Kino Poland, meanwhile, has acquired Go Button Media’s Super Channel production Secret Nazi Expeditions (6 x 60 min.) for its Stopklatka channel, and has also picked up Smart Home Nation (10 x 30 min.), made by Efran Films for Crackle and FYI, for Zoom TV.
“I’m delighted to be closing these deals for some of our long-running scripted shows and recently acquired factual content with our partners in the region,” said Lucy Rawson, Cineflix Rights’ VP of sales for Africa, CEE, the Middle East and the Southern Mediterranean. “I’m really looking forward to returning to NATPE Budapest in person with a strong slate of new content to launch to buyers at the market.”