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Discovery Communications takes majority stake in Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s cuisine network, FoodFood

Kapoor will continue to star in and produce programming for FoodFood as its brand ambassador and will remain a minority shareholder in the business

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | May 13, 2016

Sanjeev Kapoor Sanjeev Kapoor

Discovery Communications has entered into a partnership with India’s culinary celebrity Sanjeev Kapoor, by acquiring a majority share in Turmeric Vision Private Limited, which owns and operates pay-TV network, FoodFood and its digital products.

Discovery’s investment in FoodFood underscores its strategy to deepen and expand its presence in India to grow audience share across all screens and to complement and strengthen its existing portfolio of female and lifestyle brands including TLC and ID.  Tapping into the growing appetite for food programming among women across India, Discovery plans to support FoodFood’s 100 per cent focus on local programming and products and to drive further value from the ongoing digitisation of India. Discovery has also agreed to sell FoodFood’s advertising, with immediate effect.

India’s iconic food personality, pioneer of food programming on television, celebrated entrepreneur and author of best-selling cookbooks, Sanjeev Kapoor, will continue to star in and produce programming for FoodFood as its brand ambassador and will remain a minority shareholder in the business.

Arthur Bastings Arthur Bastings

Arthur Bastings, President and Managing Director, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, said, “Discovery’s investment in FoodFood further boosts our presence in this important market and broadens our portfolio by adding a category of content that people love. We are excited to partner with the exceptionally talented team, including culinary guru Sanjeev Kapoor, who singlehandedly revolutionised the food television genre in India. Sanjeev’s creative flair and personality combined with Discovery’s content and operational expertise is the perfect recipe for FoodFood’s evolution.”

“Food is no longer just fuel for the body; it has become a social currency that is appreciated universally. We look forward to deepening FoodFood’s engagement, particularly in digital, and widening its community outside of India,” Bastings added.

Sanjeev Kapoor, Promoter, Turmeric Vision Private Limited, said, “FoodFood is widely admired for its highly relevant, topical, varied, entertaining and delectable programming. I am delighted to become a part of the Discovery family and I am confident that this partnership will strengthen FoodFood’s reach and affinity with consumers, advertisers and distributors.”

Turmeric Vision Private Limited will be managed as part of Discovery’s Asia-Pacific region led by Bastings. Completion of the transaction is expected to occur in the coming weeks, subject to regulatory approvals.

Launched in 2011, FoodFood is India’s most recognised cuisine network and is available on leading direct-to-home (DTH) and cable platforms across India. It has a strategic and growing presence among the Indian diaspora across the world, including the UAE, Canada and the USA. One of the most engaging brands on digital, the channel’s content is also viewed on its FoodFood App, YouTube Channel and website www.foodfood.com. The brand has a wide following on social platforms including Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter and Instagram.

FoodFood’s marquee shows span a diverse range from regional Indian food to international cuisines, from health recipes to herb-infused cooking and from kids’ meals to tea time snacks. ‘Sanjeev Kapoor’s Kitchen’ features his top 100 recipes including his signature dishes. ‘The Fit Foodie’ presents low-calorie, delicious and contemporary recipes. ‘Style Chef’ features simple, exotic and unusual recipes using appliances and resources readily available in every Indian kitchen. ‘Hi Tea’ focuses on effortless, fool-proof recipes guaranteed to enrich family evenings.

Discovery has been entertaining Indian audiences with its high-quality and differentiated content for the last 20 years. The company currently operates 11 channels in India, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery Kids, ID-Investigation Discovery, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, Discovery Tamil, Discovery HD World, TLC HD World and Animal Planet HD World.

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