Pluto TV announced the development of new FAST channels with BBC Studios and Fremantle. In detail, the streamer and BBC Studios announced the further roll-out of the “Top Gear” FAST channel in the EMEA region, while the dedicated The Jamie Oliver Channel will be available to US audiences thanks to a new deal with Fremantle.
Already available on Pluto TV in Europe (Spain, Nordics) as well as in North America (US and Canada) the “Top Gear” FAST channel has now joined the Pluto TV line-up in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, and Italy. In the German-speaking territories, the channel showcases seasons 5 to 14 and 23 to 26. In France, it offers seasons 9 to 27, whilst the Italian version includes seasons 2 to 25. All channels will be available with local language dubbing.
“‘Top Gear’ is an enduring icon in the world of motoring entertainment. It is with great enthusiasm that we now extend our reach to five new EMEA markets, sharing this exceptional content with our audiences in a new way. FAST is a great medium to bring treasured series from our rich content catalogue to new and loyal audiences,” commented Kasia Jablonska, Head of VOD at BBC Studios.
Katrina Kowalski, Senior Vice President of International Content Programming and Acquisitions at Pluto TV, added: “‘Top Gear’ has captivated viewers for decades with its unique blend of entertainment and automotive expertise. Adding the legendary ‘Top Gear’ experience to Pluto TV across Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and France enhances our viewers' entertainment options, adding an iconic channel to our already diverse and strong content line up.”
Meanwhile, Fremantle announced the launch of the dedicated FAST channel The Jamie Oliver Channel to US audiences on a panel at Mipcom 2023. Viewers will now able to watch the globally renowned chef’s cooking shows on the free streaming television service Pluto TV.
The channel features the celebrated chef and child health campaigner Jamie Oliver and his huge catalogue of inspiring cooking shows. The channel will bring his delicious recipes to an entirely new audience, inspiring home cooks from a host of his iconic shows including “Jamie’s Quick & Easy,” “Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals,” “Jamie’s Super Food,” as well as his award-winning documentary series “Sugar Rush,” “Jamie’s School Dinners,” and more.
Laura Florence, SVP Global FAST Channels at Fremantle, said: “Fremantle and Jamie Oliver have been working together for 20 years, and the launch of the Jamie Oliver Channel in the United States is another exciting step in our international partnership and another important milestone in our FAST business growth. With a huge back catalogue of premium cooking shows, we are delighted to be bringing his innovative style and natural approach to food to audiences in the United States. Pluto TV is the ideal platform to be the home of the Jamie Oliver Channel, and we cannot wait for viewers to get inspired and be entertained by one of the world’s best-known chefs.”