Ovation Acquires Rights to Two Jamie Oliver Series: 'Jamie's American Road Trip' and 'Jamie and Jimmy's Food Fight Club'
Ovation, America's only arts network, continues to explore the world of culinary arts with three exciting titles set to air later this year. The network has licensed the first season of Jamie's American Road Trip (6 x 60') and three seasons of Jamie & Jimmy's Food Fight Club (16 x 60') from FremantleMedia International. The deal also includes the documentary Alinea in Residence Madrid (1 x 60'). All three titles will air on the linear network as well as on JOURNY, Ovation's AVOD travel channel. The announcement was made today by Scott Woodward, EVP Programming, Ovation and Caroline Kusser, SVP, Sales & Distribution for FremantleMedia International, North America.
On Jamie's American Road Trip, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver delves into the underbelly of American society to uncover fascinating personal stories, try real American food and meet the most interesting but UNSUNG chefs and food producers the country has to offer. The epic journey takes Jamie to the heart of America: its people, culture, music and most importantly, its food.
Jamie & Jimmy's Food Fight Club is based in the Southend, Essex, UK café of childhood friends Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty. While Jamie cooks up his ultimate weekend recipes, Jimmy heads outdoors and rustles up magnificent feasts from wild ingredients. The boys are joined by a host of celebrity friends - such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson and Michael Sheen - who pop in to learn how to cook the dishes they've always loved. The boys also hit the road, spreading the word about exciting new food campaigns - including delicious mussels, happy milk and the tastiest sustainable fish in our seas.
Alinea in Residence Madrid follows renowned chef Grant Achatz as he heads to Madrid with his team to create Alinea in Madrid, a replica of his Michelin three-star restaurant in Chicago. After ten years of being open to the public, the famed Chicago restaurant temporarily closes its doors to reinvent itself and begin a new phase. Achatz has always considered Spanish cuisine a great source of inspiration and so he decides to fly his crew out to Spain to create a unique venture. A world leader in gastronomy, the creative chef will serve some of his iconic creations for the last time while collating new and bold creations to take back to his re-opened restaurant.
"The culinary arts, including foraging and gastronomy, make for a fitting and tasteful addition to the Ovation family," said Woodward. "Jamie Oliver, Jimmy Doherty and Grant Achatz are all at the top of their game and we are confident they will take Ovation's viewers on a first-class culinary adventure."
Caroline Kusser, SVP, Sales & Distribution for FremantleMedia International, NORTH AMERICA said: "We're excited to be bringing these varied culinary titles to US audiences with Ovation and JOURNY. Viewers will enjoy Jamie Oliver's fun and engaging personality, both alongside his childhood friend Jimmy and on the road in America, while Grant Achatz's reinvention in Madrid is an inspirational watch."
Jamie's American Road Trip and Jamie & Jimmy's Food Fight Club are produced by Jamie Oliver Productions for Channel 4 UK. Alinea in Residence Madrid is produced by FremantleMedia Spain.
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About FremantleMedia International
FremantleMedia International (FMI) is the global distribution division of FremantleMedia, one of the leading creators, producers and distributors of television entertainment brands in the world. The division is responsible for global sales across Linear Television, Digital and Home Entertainment platforms of finished content, format sales in non-production territories as well as acquiring and developing new programmes for the international market. In addition to the world-class FremantleMedia production families around the globe, FMI works with the highest calibre creative talent, producers, channels, licensees and studios to create, finance and distribute the best content in the business. FMI's catalogue contains more than 20,000 hours of content; a diverse and exciting range of programming spanning drama, comedy, factual, lifestyle and entertainment. Managed by a powerful distribution network spanning nine international offices and supported by a best-in-class brand management team, FMI's content has sold to more than 150 countries around the world. For more information please visit www.fremantlemedia.com.