Extra: Jamie Oliver FAST channel launches; A+E UK orders “Murder Detective”

Fremantle inks raft of deals for Jamie Oliver, including launch of FAST channel Global producer and distributor Fremantle and Jamie Oliver have signed a raft of new deals to bring the British ...
June 30, 2022

Fremantle inks raft of deals for Jamie Oliver, including launch of FAST channel

Global producer and distributor Fremantle and Jamie Oliver have signed a raft of new deals to bring the British chef’s cooking content to audiences around the world, including the creation of a dedicated FAST channel.

The Jamie Oliver Channel will launch on Amazon’s Freevee on June 30 in the U.S. and includes a catalog of Oliver’s shows, including American Road Trip, 30 Minute Meals and Jamie’s Kitchen. It marks the first time the British chef’s hit cooking shows will be featured together all in one place. The Jamie Oliver Channel will continue to roll out on other services in the coming months.

Fremantle has also secured a number of global deals for Oliver’s latest series, The Great Cookbook Challenge with Jamie Oliver. After launching in the UK on Channel 4 in January, broadcasters such as CTV Life Channel (Canada), Disney (Eastern Europe, Netherlands, MENA and Turkey) Fox Life (Greece, Malta, Cyprus), RTL Living (Germany) AMC Networks International Central & Northern Europe (Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Moldova), Ananey (Israel) and TV3 Lithuania (Lithuania) have picked up the series.

The Great Cookbook Challenge with Jamie Oliver (7 x 60 min.) is produced by Jamie Oliver Productions and Plum Pictures for Channel 4. Fremantle is also selling the format.

A+E Networks UK commissions Murder Detective with Graham Hill for C+I 

A+E Networks UK has ordered a new 10-part series for the Crime+Investigation channel, Murder Detective with Graham Hill, which will introduce audiences to the former detective and criminologist.

The series is slated for a fall premiere and is produced by Dublin-based prodco Peninsula Television. Each episode will find Hill combining his detective methodology with forensic science and insider knowledge to give expert analysis of how the high-profile cases were finally cracked.

Murder Detective with Graham Hill is executive produced by David Harvey for Peninsula Television. It was ordered by Dan Korn, VP of programming at A+E Networks UK and Diana Carter, commissioning editor and head of talent at A+E Networks UK.

Rex taps Plimsoll vet Chris Reindorp as development producer

New popular factual and docs label Rex, part of Zinc Media Group, has appointed Chris Reindorp to the position of development producer, effective immediately.

The label, which was launched in April of this year by BAFTA-winning program maker Lana Salah, brought on Reindorp as part of a drive to increase its footprint in primetime returnable formats.

Reindorp joins Zinc from Plimsoll Productions, where he was development producer within factual entertainment and specialist factual for both the U.S. and UK markets. Recent development credits include Marcus Wareing’s Tales from a Kitchen Garden, Britain by Beach and Reagan and Thatcher: A Very Special relationship, all for the BBC. Prior to Plimsoll, he was development producer at Amazing Productions and before that development producer at Spark Media. He also spent time at Spun Gold, Channel 4, Hat Trick Productions and the BBC.

Talpa sells Hunting Season format in Lithuania 

John de Mol’s Talpa has sold its adventure game show Hunting Season to Lithuanian OTT platform Telia, making Lithuania the third country to pick up the format after the Netherlands and Poland.

The 10 x 35-minute series will be produced by Talpa Entertainment Productions in cooperation with Talpa’s partner in the region, Elitaz Group.

Each episode of Hunting Season follows a pair of celebrities in a mock prison breakout. Wearing orange prisoner jumpsuits, the celebs must flee a team of three “prison guards” who have four hours to capture them with the help of a GPS tracker. The prisoners have no phones or cash, can only enter public buildings and are only allowed to use vehicles for 20 minutes at a time. The show is recorded in real time with real bystanders.

Hunting Season is based on a hit YouTube series in the Netherlands, where a second season of the show is currently being broadcast. The Lithuanian version will be launched on Telia in October of this year.

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