TRAVEL CHANNEL GREENLIGHTS PRODUCTION FOR "THE LAYOVER", A NEW ORIGINAL TRAVEL SERIES HOSTED BY ANTHONY BOURDAIN THAT BRINGS NEW MEANING TO THE 24-48 HOUR LAYOVER EXPERIENCE
Network Partners with Award-Winning Production Company, Zero Point Zero ("Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations") For Second Original Series
Chevy Chase, Md - July 26, 2011 - Travel Channel has greenlit production for "The Layover," a new original travel series hosted by Anthony Bourdain, the host of the Network's Emmy award-winning travel series "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations". Travel Channel has partnered with Zero Point Zero to produce this ten episode, one-hour weekly series. Chris Collins, Lydia Tenaglia and Anthony Bourdain will serve as executive producers for Zero Point Zero, and Stone Roberts will serve as the executive producer for the Travel Channel. This marks the second original series the award-winning production company will produce for the Network. It produced Travel Channel's seventh season of 'No Reservations', which recently earned four 2011 Emmy nominations. "The Layover" is slated to premiere in fourth quarter 2011.
In this new original series, Bourdain is back and like you've never seen him before. He is high octane, gritty and traveling with a sense of urgency. With only 24-48 hours in each city, he is pressed for time to show viewers the essential "must see" places, people and foods. Bourdain will travel throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe revealing insider tips that only the most seasoned traveler would know. Viewers will be treated to a ringside seat as he quickly gathers local intel, faces the enemy of time and distance, gets off the tired old tourist path and tries something new, all within a matter of hours.
"This is a chance to show viewers the secrets of Tony's traveling routine: cracking open the essence of each city, getting right to the marrow of every experience, and making the most out of every moment. These shows are not only about finding the best of every city, but they're filled with amazing tips and tricks for where to go, where to stay, where to eat, and how to get around -- as only Tony can share them and ZPZ can get them on tape!," said Fred Graver, SVP, Programming & Development, Travel Channel. "This series will inspire the occasional traveler and surprise even the most seasoned traveler."
'The Layover' will give viewers a hyper-caffeinated, utilitarian take on the Bourdain travel experience," said Lydia Tenaglia, Zero Point Zero. "It's Tony going straight at a city and showing what he thinks can and should be accomplished in a limited amount of time - brace yourself."
Anthony Bourdain is a 28-year veteran of professional kitchens, having worked as a dishwasher, line cook and chef in places good, bad and horrible -- most of them in New York City. In 2000, he published a memoir of his experiences in the culinary underbelly. "Kitchen Confidential" became an unlikely, but enduring, international bestseller. He has since milked that lucky break for everything it's worth, following up with the gonzo-travel diary, "A Cook's Tour"; a historical account of the notorious turn-of-the-century cook and disease carrier, "Typhoid Mary"; the crime novels "A Bone in the Throat," "Gone Bamboo" and "The Bobby Gold Stories"; "The Les Halles Cookbook"; a collection of essays entitled "The Nasty Bits"; and the companion book to the Travel Channel series, 'No Reservations'. His recently released, "Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook", is the long-awaited follow-up to "Kitchen Confidential", and is an insider's perspective on the changes in the restaurant business. Since embarking on a round-the-world trip for "A Cook's Tour," he has continued traveling for 'No Reservations' (now in its seventh season), for various publications, for public-speaking engagements and because he likes it. He lives in New York City with his wife, Ottavia, and his daughter, Ariane.
About Zero Point Zero:
Zero Point Zero is a television and digital content production company founded in 2003 by Executive Producers Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, with partner and Managing Director Joe Caterini coming aboard in 2009. Since its inception the company has produced over 270 hours of television in 80 countries around the world including the critically acclaimed and award winning series: Anthony Bourdain No Reservations. Since 2009 ZPZ has received13 Emmy nominations, including primetime nominations for Editing, Writing and Best Non-Fiction Series for Anthony Bourdain No Reservations and a win for Best Cinematography. Other recent productions include the 2009 EMMY- winning Diary of a Foodie and 2010 EMMY nominated, Adventures with Ruth for PBS; the 2010 series, Brew Masters for Discovery; and The Wild Within for Travel Channel. In 2011 ZPZ created the Lucky Peach Ipad App and print journal with Chef David Chang, and the definitive meat guide, Pat LaFrieda's Big App for Meat.
About Travel Channel:
TRAVEL CHANNEL (http://www.travelchannel.com) is a network and Web site that connects viewers to the power and joy of human journeys that inspire, surprise, and entertain. Travel Channel is the world's leading travel media brand, and the network is available in 96 million U.S. cable homes. Its Travel Channel HD� simulcast is distributed to almost 37 million homes and is available on every major provider. Travel Channel is headquartered in Chevy Chase, MD, and maintains offices in New York and Atlanta. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates HGTV (http://www.hgtv.com), DIY Network (http://www.diynetwork.com), Food Network (http://www.foodnetwork.com), Cooking Channel (http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/) and Great American Country (http://www.gactv.com), is the manager and general partner.