Scripps Int'l acquires series for Food Network

'Luke Nguyen's Vietnam' is from SBS Australia

Scripps Networks International, the global development arm of Scripps Networks Interactive, has acquired the SBS Australia original series "Luke Nguyen's Vietnam" for its globally distributed Food Network.

Filmed entirely on location, the show follows restaurateur Nguyen on a culinary journey through the southern regions of Vietnam. The series' first season will begin airing on Food Network in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia later this summer. Additionally, Scripps Networks International has an option for future seasons. The series' second season is currently shooting in Vietnam.

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" 'Luke Nguyen's Vietnam' is a great complement to Food Network's lineup as we build a channel to capitalize on the universal appeal of food programming," said Greg Moyer, president of Scripps Networks International.

Scripps Networks International is in Cannes to continue expansion plans globally; it currently offers Food Network on Sky in the U.K. and throughout Europe, the Mideast and Africa. The company will launch Food Network in Asia later this summer.