January 27, 2015 – THE BOSS IS BACK!
‘CAKE BOSS’ AND BUDDY VALASTRO RETURN TO TLC
– Hit series renewed for two seasons, 40 new episodes to air in 2015 and 2016 –
– Production partnership between Discovery Networks International and TLC US –
CAKE BOSS, the popular docu-series following beloved baker Buddy Valastro, his close-knit family and burgeoning businesses, will return to TLC, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific’s flagship lifestyle channel. The re-commissioning of CAKE BOSS and its new production deal was announced in the United States on Monday, January 27, by JB Perrette, President of Discovery Networks International. Through a partnership between Discovery Networks International and TLC in the United States, seasons seven and eight will be produced by original series producer Jon Sechrist, High Noon Entertainment and Valastro’s own Cakehouse Media. Production commences in February, and season seven is slated to premiere in Asia in 3Q15. The series will air internationally on TLC and Discovery Networks International’s lifestyle brands, reaching viewers in more than 220 countries and territories.
“Because of Buddy’s global appeal, it is a recipe for success to have Discovery Networks International partner with TLC in the US to produce additional seasons of CAKE BOSS,” noted Perrette. “Buddy is a fan favourite… larger than life for our international audiences, and a valued partner of ours.”
“If you know me, you know family is my number one priority so it’s nice to come back home,” said Valastro. “Now it’s time to heat up the ovens, roll the cameras and bring our fans some great storytelling and some amazing food!”
“I’m thrilled to be working with Buddy again. It’s like a family reunion!” said Sechrist. “There’s something inherently more meaningful – the humour, the drama, the emotions – with people you know so well. More than just fondant, it’s also about German Chocolate Cake, Turkish Delight and Italian Cheesecake!”
The new seasons of CAKE BOSS will show Buddy and the family getting back to the basics in the kitchen, continuing to mix enticing ingredients of family, friends and employees with the added spice of international customers, special guest stars and celebrities, and baking styles that have made the show such a success. The series chronicles Buddy’s over-arching desire to achieve his late father’s dream of making Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey, a household name. As one of the most successful and renowned cake artists in the United States, Buddy works alongside a team that includes his mother, sisters, cousins and brothers-in-law. When you’re working with family on a daily basis, there is bound to be a lot of drama, but at the end of the day, the Valastros are all about love. In Asia, CAKE BOSS first premiered on TLC in March 2010 and has since garnered many fans.
CAKE BOSS is produced for Discovery Networks International by High Noon Entertainment and Cakehouse Media. Jon Sechrist is the executive producer for Discovery Networks International, Scott Feeley and Jim Berger are the executive producers for High Noon Entertainment, and Buddy Valastro and Art Edwards are the executive producers for Cakehouse Media.
TLC is a global lifestyle and entertainment destination, presenting non-scripted and scripted programming featuring real life stories and universal themes that resonate with viewers around the world. TLC’s programming is told through the lens of larger than life characters and adaptable formats, celebrating everything from relationships and life stages, to makeover and transformation to food and travel. Launched in Asia Pacific on September 1, 2010, TLC is currently distributed to over 148 million subscribers in the region.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer reaching 2.5 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity, engaging and entertaining viewers with high-quality content on more than 200 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and Science, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and the Hub Network. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, and a digital leader with a diversified online portfolio, including Discovery Digital Networks. In Asia Pacific, Discovery brands reach 651 million cumulative subscribers in 36 countries and territories with programming customised in 15 languages and dialects.