Banijay Rights confirmed a raft of news for "My Kitchen Rules", with a landmark agreement confirmed with TVNZ for the Australian show. Meanwhile under the Banijay Rights deal, Screentime New Zealand has been commissioned to produce a local version, with the successful format returning after a five-year hiatus. The format and finished tape deal was negotiated by Lyle Bettson-Barker, SVP Sales, Australia and New Zealand, Banijay Rights, who said: “As one of Banijay’s most outstanding culinary formats, 'My Kitchen Rules' holds a special place in so many hearts with its focus on everyday cooking by everyday people, with ingredients we can all relate to - home recipes, home cooking, friends, family, tears and laughter. We can’t wait to see Seven’s 'My Kitchen Rules Australia' resonate with New Zealand audiences once again and we’re excited for a new adaptation to showcase local families and friends at TVNZ.”
Screentime New Zealand, a Banijay company, has been commissioned by TVNZ to produce the culinary competition format, which sees teams travel the nation and attempt to out-dine each other from their own homes. The contestants will compete under the watchful gaze of renowned chefs and restaurateurs Manu Feildel and Colin Fassnidge, who will be travelling across the ditch to take their judging seats at the head of dining tables around the country. The show will launch on TVNZ 2 in 2023. “'My Kitchen Rules' will showcase the rich diversity of quintessential home cooking here in New Zealand. As a nation we are incredibly proud of our foodie culture, and Screentime New Zealand is set to bring creative know-how to this excellent format for TVNZ,” Philly de Lacey, CEO of Screentime New Zealand, said.
The deal sees Screentime New Zealand produce the format for the first time and builds on the company’s reputation for making high-quality primetime shows for the local and international market. The adaptation forms part of Banijay Rights’ new agreement for the Seven Network’s My Kitchen Rules Australia, with TVNZ securing the series long term, including the broadcast of the current 12th season which launched on Channel 7 and 7plus in Australia in August. The series will broadcast this week on TVNZ 2 and TVNZ+. “Whichever way you dice it, My Kitchen Rules is Australia’s favourite cooking show, adored by millions. Our distribution partnership with Banijay Rights is one to be proud of and we’re delighted the My Kitchen Rules format continues to resonate in global markets. We look forward to working with TVNZ and Screentime New Zealand on this local version for the New Zealand territory,” Angus Ross, Seven’s Chief Content Officer, Entertainment Programming, said.
Cate Slater, TVNZ Director of Content, said: “We’re delighted to bring My Kitchen Rules back to TVNZ 2 and TVNZ+. It is a much-loved series, and we look forward to following the journeys of some of Aotearoa’s best amateur cooks as they set about trying to impress Manu and Colin with their culinary masterpieces in homes around the country.”
"My Kitchen Rules" has now been ordered by 12 international broadcasters across Europe, Australia and Africa, with a further three airing the original format "My Restaurant Rules". The latest series "My Kitchen Rules South Afric"a recently returned for a third season on M-Net after three years off air and was renewed for a new run. Banijay globally distributes the format and finished tape for the show. Featuring judges Nigella Lawson and Manu Feildel, "My Kitchen Rules Australia" sees real people cooking real food in their own homes, serving treasured family recipes and love on a plate to the judges and their fellow contestants.