A+E Networks, a Joint Venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst, Acquired a 50% Stake in Rachael Ray's Free Food Studios and Ordered 278 Episodes of Lifestyle Programming
MIAMI, FL / ACCESSWIRE / January 31, 2024 / Dolphin Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLPN), a leading entertainment marketing and content production company, today congratulated The Door's 16 year client, television host, entrepreneur and philanthropist Rachael Ray on forming a partnership with A+E Networks, a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst. Under the agreement A+E Networks has acquired a 50% stake in Rachael Ray's Free Food Studios and has ordered 278 Episodes of Lifestyle Programming.
Free Food Studios, is a new full-service production company formed last year by author, television personality, and philanthropist Rachael Ray along with longtime collaborators Brian Flanagan, Anthony Amoia and Sean Lee of Intentional Content. The transaction was jointly announced yesterday by Rob Sharenow, President of Programming, A+E Networks; Rachael Ray; and Brian Flanagan, Principal of Intentional Content and CEO of Free Foods Studios.
Initial series include:
Rachael Ray's Meals in Minutes - 30 x 30m
Rachael demonstrates her creativity and flare from her personal home kitchen, cooking a complete meal in minutes from comfort food to sophisticated fare for entertaining.
Rachael Ray's Tuscany (WT) - 30 x 30m
From her Italian villa in Tuscany, Rachael puts her own unique spin on dishes from the region.
Free Food Studios will focus on developing and creating long and short form content across various platforms. Rachael Ray's collaboration with Free Food Studios adds to her decades experience as a daytime TV host on shows, including her Emmy award-winning daytime show Rachael; Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels; $40 A Day; Rachael Ray's Week In A Day; Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off; and Rachael Ray's Kids' Cook-Off.
Producer Brian Flanagan and the Intentional Content partners have collectively produced over 50 non-scripted series and specials including Emmy nominated Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals (Food Network), Long Island Medium (TLC) and Moonshiners (Discovery). Their most recent projects with Rachael include her home renovation show Rachael Ray's Italian Dream Home on A+E Networks' FYI and Rachael Ray's Rebuild on Hulu.
About A+E Networks
A+E Networks® is a global content company comprised of some of the most popular and culturally relevant brands in media, including A&E®, Lifetime®, The HISTORY® Channel, LMN®, FYI,® and VICE TV®. A+E Networks' portfolio extends across platforms and genres with a scripted production division, A+E Studios; unscripted productions, Six West Media; and Category 6; and independent film unit, A&E IndieFilms®. A+E Networks Digital includes watch apps, games, FAST channels, AVOD, and SVOD products Lifetime Movie Club® and HISTORY Vault®; and podcasts such as History This Week. A+E Consumer Enterprises includes experiential/branded live events such as HISTORY Travel®; HISTORYTalks and E-commerce; and A+E Networks International® includes branded channels, content distribution and scripted/unscripted co-productions around the world. A+E Networks' content reaches more than 414 million households in 200 territories in 40 languages. A+E Networks is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aenetworks and Facebook at facebook.com/AENetworks.
About Rachael Ray
Rachael Ray is a television personality, businesswoman, celebrity cook, philanthropist, and author. She hosted the Emmy-award winning daytime talk show, Rachael Ray, and the FYI series Rachael Ray's Italian Dream Home.
In 2007, Rachael launched a nonprofit organization, Yum-o! that empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking. In 2010, she launched the pet foodline Rachael Ray Nutrish, which fully funds The Rachael Ray Foundation whose goal is to support causes that help animals in need, and Yum-o! related initiatives. She also has a line of kitchen items as well as home furnishings. To learn more visit rachaelray.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more cooking inspiration.
About The Door
Founded in 2008 by industry veterans Lois Najarian O'Neill and Charlie Dougiello, The Door is an integrated marketing and PR agency constructed as "an idea house," with a focus on building important, viable brands through diverse initiatives. Headquartered in New York and Los Angeles, The Door represents a wide range of clients-including food and beverage, personalities, hospitality brands, events, consumer products, technology offerings, and entertainment/media entities.
About Dolphin Entertainment, Inc.
Dolphin Entertainment is a leading independent entertainment marketing and production company. Through our subsidiaries 42West, The Door and Shore Fire Media, we provide expert strategic marketing and publicity services to many of the top brands, both individual and corporate, in the film, television, music, gaming and hospitality industries. All three PR firms have been ranked among the most recent Observer's "Power 50" PR Firms in the United States. Viewpoint Creative, The Digital Dept. complement their efforts with full-service creative branding and production capabilities as well as social media and influencer marketing services. Special Projects, Dolphin's most recent acquisition, provides talent booking services and event production for high-end clients across the media, entertainment and fashion industries. Dolphin's legacy content production business, founded by Emmy-nominated CEO Bill O'Dowd, has produced multiple feature films and award-winning digital series, and has recently entered into a multi-year agreement with IMAX to co-produce feature documentaries. To learn more, visit: https://www.dolphinentertainment.com.
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