LONDON (17 August 2016) – Scripps Networks Interactive today announced that it has greenlit a second series of the award-winning Paul Hollywood City Bakes. The show will premiere on Food Network, the global food, entertainment and lifestyle channel, in more than 120 countries and territories across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America beginning in Spring 2017.
“The performance of the first series of Paul Hollywood City Bakes surpassed our expectations and is now the highest-rated UK commission for Scripps Networks ever,” said Kevin Dickie, Senior Vice President Channels, Scripps Networks Interactive, UK & EMEA. “The second series of Paul Hollywood City Bakes will take viewers on a journey to even more of the world’s best baking destinations, where Paul will meet the crème de la crème of bakers and continue his culinary education. We are delighted to welcome Paul back to Food Network.”
The renowned British baker will travel to Oslo, Antwerp, Reykjavik, Palermo, Nicosia, Cape Town, Amman, Dublin, Los Angeles and San Francisco, exploring the recipes that have shaped the baking heritage of each city. In each episode, Paul will uncover family recipes, hotel delicacies and local favourites, before creating his own City Bake inspired by his experiences.
“I’m looking forward to returning to Food Network for what promises to be another great series of Paul Hollywood City Bakes,” said Paul Hollywood. “When I was asked if I wanted to visit another 10 cities around the world, tasting some of the finest bakes, it was a very easy yes.”
“Working with Paul and Scripps Networks on the first series of Paul Hollywood City Bakes was a joy and it’s great to see that the audience’s reaction mirrored our own,” said Richard Farmbrough, CEO, Reef Television. “The extended episodes of the second series will see Paul going on a journey to discover even more hidden baking treasures in some of the world’s most picturesque cities.”
Following the success of Paul Hollywood City Bakes, the new 10-episode series has been extended from 30 to 60 minutes. Series 2 was commissioned by Kevin Dickie and Gareth Williams, Vice President, Commissioning, for Scripps Networks. The series will be executive produced by Nikki Cooper, Commissioning Executive for Scripps Networks and Rachel Platt, Executive Producer for Reef Television.
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About Scripps Networks Interactive:
Scripps Networks Interactive (NASDAQ: SNI) is one of the leading developers of engaging lifestyle content in the home, food and travel categories for television, the Internet and emerging platforms. The company's lifestyle media portfolio comprises popular television and Internet brands HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country, which collectively engage more than 190 million U.S. consumers each month. International operations include TVN, Poland’s premier multi-platform media company; UKTV, an independent commercial joint venture with BBC Worldwide; Asian Food Channel, the first pan-regional TV food network in Asia; and lifestyle channel Fine Living Network. The company’s global networks and websites reach millions of consumers across North and South America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. For more information, please visit http://www.scrippsnetworksinteractive.com.
About Reef Television
Reef Television is an independent television production company with an international reputation for making high-quality programmes. Reef prides itself on producing innovative content on a range of budgets and has made factual programmes for broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Discovery and Scripps Networks. The company’s credits include returning popular factual series Selling Houses with Amanda Lamb (More4), French Collection (C4) and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (BBC1). Other credits include Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages (More4) and Emmy nominated drama documentary Messiah at the Foundling Hospital (BBC2). The company’s completed programmes and formats have sold in multiple territories around the world. Reef Television is a Zinc Media company.