Popular chef, TV personality and producer Gordon Ramsay has launched a new independent production company, Studio Ramsay, which is solely owned by him. Under his new banner, he plans to create new unscripted formats and develop new talent. The company also will have a scripted arm focused on programming with food-related themes.
In building Studio Ramsay, the chef will have the support of All3Media. Ramsay and his new company have entered into a joint venture with All3Media to develop and produce unscripted and scripted television programs. All3Media will provide funding and share in distribution rights but have no stake in the company.
Ramsay has been in business with All3Media for the past six years. He previously had One Potato Two Potato, a 50-50 joint venture with Optomen Television. Ramsay sold his half of the company to All3Media in 2010 when it acquired Optomen. Ramsay and All3Media have continued to collaborate on OPTP series, including Kitchen Nightmares.
“I’m really excited about this new venture, giving our team the opportunity to expand creatively on a global scale,” said Ramsay.
As part of the joint venture Layla Smith (CEO of All3Media’s Objective Media Group) will work closely with Studio Ramsay in the UK, with Greg Lipstone (CEO, All3Media America) working with the company in the U.S.
“We really look forward to continuing our relationship with Gordon, working alongside him as he establishes and grows his new production company, Studio Ramsay,” said Jane Turton, CEO of All3Media. “He is a world class talent with a phenomenal record of hit TV series.”
Ramsay is in the middle of a two-year deal at Fox where he has been for more than a decade. Under the pact, he is set to deliver at least 80 hours of programming over the two-year term. Ramsay is behind three successful unscripted franchises at the network: Hell’s Kitchen; Kitchen Nightmares, which ended a 10-year UK/U.S. run last year; and MasterChef, whose offshoot, MasterChef Jr., was a breakout.