MIPCOM 2012: Scripps Networks International Unveils New Cooking, Travel Shows

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The company is beefing up its Food Network UK and Travel Channel International slates while also inking several new carriage agreements overseas.

Scripps Networks International, the overseas arm of the Knoxville, Tenn.-based cable programmer, unveiled Sunday night in Cannes a number of programming deals for two of its foreign channel brands. 

Appropriately enough, the news was served up during a "Fine Living"-style dinner for reporters on the Croisette on the eve of the Mipcom TV market.

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Britain's lifestyle and entertainment channel, Food Network UK is strengthening its original slate by commissioning its fourth original production, Jonathan Phang's Caribbean Cookbook, while Travel Channel International is bolstering its lineup by acquiring five U.S. Travel Channel series as well as greenlighting its first Asian commission, Destination Wedding, with former Miss Malaysia Debbie Henry.   

Scripps execs Sunday in Cannes said the new commissions and acquisitions reinforce Scripps' commitment to offering "high-quality programming to worldwide audiences."

Jonathan Phang's Caribbean Cookbook represents the lifestyle network's fourth original commission and follows the recent successes of its first three shows: Andy Bates Street Feasts, Reza, Spice Prince of India and Jenny Morris Cooks Morocco.

In less than three years, Food Network UK has arguably become a household name.

"Food Network UK has experienced tremendous growth over a very short time thanks to our outstanding programming that caters to a hungry audience and continues to drive the growth of our business," said Nick Thorogood, a senior vp at Scripps Networks International EMEA. 

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Scripps Networks International's recently acquired Travel Channel International is strengthening its global lineup by acquiring top series from the U.S. Travel Channel, including Bert the Conqueror and Bizarre Foods America for 2012 as well as Hotel America and Miami Airport 24/7 for 2013.

"These new commissions build on Scripps Networks International's global hit lineup and reinforce our commitment to offering high quality, locally produced programming to international audiences," added Jon Sichel, managing director of Scripps Networks Interactive EMEA.

The company also unveiled several new carriage agreements in seven countries -- including Russia, Mongolia and Cyprus -- for Food Network, Fine Living, Food Network Asia and Travel Channel International.