The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Chef Show Gets International TV Deal

Fox International Channels (FIC) has acquired global distribution rights for the TV show Tales From The Bush Larder hosted by Kiran Jethwa, a Kenya born and internationally renowned chef.

The Kenyan cooking and travel show will be released on the leading lifestyle channel 24Kitchen, distributed at international level by FIC. 24Kitchen is the lifestyle channel dedicated to food that goes beyond cooking and it shows the best international chefs.

Tales from the Bush Larder takes the viewer on a culinary tour of Kenya. Shot against breathtaking landscapes, each episode explores the source of one of the unusual ingredients that the country is rich in: Nile perch from Lake Turkana, African wild honey and wild fowl, Swahili prawns, Boran beef, Dorobo lamb, Palm Wine, Mud Crabs from the Northern Coast.

The deal includes the licensing of season one and it has been brokered by the support of the global distribution company Off the Fence that has recently subscribed a distribution agreement with FIC.

The company owns the Tales from the Bush Larder's exclusive pay-tv rights for worldwide distribution, excluding North America.

Hannelie Bekker, managing director of Wananchi Programming says; "The warm reception that Tales from the Bush Larder has received outside the borders of Kenya affirms our belief that there is a market for fresh, well-produced African programming. We are very pleased and proud to be entering into this relationship with FIC and look forward to seeing a 100 per cent Kenyan production on international screens".

Tales from the Bush Larder is also one of the first pieces of content origination Zuku has been involved in. Zuku will be handling the distribution within Africa.

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