Beyond heads North for Cooks

17th March

Beyond heads North for Cooks

UK- and Australia-based Beyond Distribution has acquired finished programming and format rights to a daytime cookery series on Channel 4 that will lead its Mip TV slate.

Too Many Cooks (20×30′) is being produced by UK indie True North and follows three amateur cooking couples as they compete against each other for a cash prize.

True North was one of four factual indies that C4 bought into in 2014, when it started its investment in local production companies.

Also on Beyond’s Mip TV slate is The Other Prince William (1×60′), a doc about the tragic story of the Queen’s playboy cousin from Doubleband Films for C4, and Ice Stars (10×30′), which is from Drummer TV for CBBC and follows the lives of young ice skaters.

Elsewhere Quarx (26×11′) is produced by UK indie ScreenGlue for SVoD service Curiosity Stream and features a trio of teenagers with superpowers who post their wild experiments online.

Marc Allen, MD at True North, described Too Many Cooks as “an original and refreshing take on a popular and competitive genre and we are positive it will enjoy a lot of success internationally.”

Caitlin Meek O’Conner, head of acquisitions at Beyond Distribution, said the new additions were part of the firm’s plan to add more British content to its slate and added that she is keen to work with more UK producers.

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