Fremantle books global Travel ticket


FremantleMedia Enterprises has partnered with the Travel Channel to become the exclusive international distributor for the network's original programming, the companies said Tuesday in the walk-up to MIPTV.

The agreement gives FME access to a catalog of more than 200 hours of programming from the Travel Channel as well as a first look at new productions for possible co-financing for international distribution.

Headlining the slate are several talent-led titles: "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations," "Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern," "Samantha Brown: Passport to China" and "Best Places to Find Cash and Treasures With Kirsten Gumm."

"As the world gets smaller, viewers are very excited to learn about new places and cultures," FME CEO David Ellender said. "We are delighted to deliver programming that takes a fascinating approach to the topic with the best of talent and the highest in production values in the genre."

Added Patrick Younge, president and GM of Travel Channel Media, "This opportunity enables us to both build the Travel Channel brand internationally and to support the U.S. tourism industry by showcasing domestic destinations to millions of international travelers."