BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) and FremantleMedia Australia (FMA) have secured a new commission for The Great Australian Bake Off with Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD channel in Australia.
Culinary icon Maggie Beer and acclaimed chef Matt Moran will be the judges for the Australian version of the hit BBC One format, which goes in to production shortly.
This is the third commission to be produced by FMA as part of a multi-year deal between BBC Worldwide ANZ and FMA to produce general entertainment formats for the Australian market. FMA also produces ‘Dancing with the Stars’ for Seven and the original format ‘Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook Melbourne’ for SBS, which is currently in production.
This takes the number of international commissions for ‘The Great Bake Off’ to 18, including one commission licensed directly to the USA (CBS) by the format owners Love Productions. BBC Worldwide has licensed the highly successful format to Belgium (VTM), Denmark (DR), Finland (MTV3), France (M6), Germany (ProSiebenSat.1), Ireland (TV3), Italy (Discovery), The Netherlands (MAX), Norway (TV3), Poland (TLC), Sweden (TV7/Sjuan), Turkey (Acunmedya), Ukraine (1+1), as well as previously in Australia (Nine Network) and a ‘Junior Bake Off’ in Thailand.
Jon Penn, managing director of BBC Worldwide ANZ, said: “Our partnership with FMA has now delivered a third quality TV production commission, adding greatly to our strengthening portfolio in Australia and New Zealand. With FMA’s production expertise, and Australian cooking personalities Maggie and Matt at the helm, I’m confident that that ‘The Great Australian Bake Off’ will be a hit with Australian audiences.”
The Great Bake Off format was created by Love Productions and is distributed by BBC Worldwide.