Scripps Networks Interactive acquired rights for Food Network in Middle East and Africa

Scripps Networks Interactive, the American media company, has acquired broadcasting rights for Food Network, from Banijay Rights, the international distribution division of Banijay Group which is the creator of TV content worldwide.

Food Network will hence be screening the second season of the culinary show, ‘Neill Anthony Private Chef’, which consists of thirteen episodes. It will be aired across the Middle East and African countries, among others, this month on Food Network.

The show’s season two will reveal the named chef’s new travel destinations for cooking meals for peers, acquaintances and clients. The show is produced by Okuhle Media and executively produced by Louise McClelland.

Andreas Lemos, the VP of sales and acquisitions, at Banijay Rights, commented: “We’re delighted that charismatic chef to the stars Neill Anthony will be back on international screens from 2017. Partnering with Okuhle Media and Neill on the first [season] was a pleasure and it’s great to see that the show’s performance reflects our own excitement about this franchise”.

On the other hand, Louise McClelland, the executive producer at Okuhle Media, said: “Thanks to our distribution partnership with Banijay Rights, Neill Anthony has become a household name beyond South Africa, proving that local content has global relevance and appeal”.

Anthony added: “I couldn’t be more proud to be associated with such prestigious and pedigreed channels, which not only represent some of the world’s greatest foodie talents, but in respect to Food Network, has influenced evolving food trends for the last two decades. I’m truly excited about the new [season], which sees me creating new and complex flavor combinations designed to make the palette ‘think,’ and which I hope will encourage viewers to experiment at home.”



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