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Monday, 12 December 2005

NATPE Member News:


Acquires More Than 100 Additional Hours of Historical and Current Affairs Programming Including Chef Tony Bourdain's A COOK'S TOUR and Thomas L. Friedman Specials

CABLEready has picked up the international rights to more than 100 hours of additional programming from New York Times Television, including 35 half-hour episodes of celebrity chef and Kitchen Confidential author Tony Bourdain's culinary travel series, A COOK'S TOUR, and 29 one-hour historical and current affairs programs. With the new acquisitions, CABLEready is now the exclusive international distributor of the entire New York Times Television library, with rights to nearly 300 hours of programming.

Each episode of A COOK'S TOUR, which originally aired on Food Network in the U.S., follows Bourdain around the world as he indulges his taste for bizarre cuisine and eccentric characters.

The hour-long programs acquired by CABLEready first aired on various Discovery networks and Showtime in the U.S., including two installments of THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN REPORTING, featuring the noted New York Times columnist and best-selling author. These Friedman programs include:

  • STRADDLING THE FENCE, an exploration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with reporting from the West Bank.
  • SEARCHING FOR THE ROOTS OF 9/11, an in-depth look at the source of Muslim rage towards the U.S. and the West.

CABLEready also acquired a number of current affairs specials reported by award-winning journalist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy:

  • TERROR'S CHILDREN, an exploration of the post-war realities of the lives of Afghani refugee children living in Pakistan.
  • REINVENTING THE TALIBAN?, which examines Islamic fundamentalism and its effects on the Pakistani government since last year's elections.
  • WOMEN OF THE HOLY KINGDOM, which focuses on the internal debate about the role of women in an increasingly progressive Saudi Arabia.

Other documentaries in the package acquired by CABLEready span subjects ranging from racial hatred to the rise and fall of Saddam Hussein, including:

  • THE REAL CIA: ENEMIES, SECRETS AND SPIES, an inside look at one of the world's most secretive intelligence units.
  • THE REAL SADDAM, which documents how Hussein acquired, used and ultimately lost his powerful grip on Iraq.
  • BROTHERHOOD OF HATE, which follows one family's legacy of racial hate, handed down from one generation to the next.

"New York Times Television is synonymous with depth and quality... to be asked to represent their entire library is a privilege and honor," said Gary Lico, president and CEO of CABLEready.

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