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FYI Greenlights New Cooking Series ‘Midnight Feast’, Orders Two Pilots

By | Wednesday April 30, 2014 @ 9:32am PDT

fyiFYI has greenlit six one-hour episodes of new culinary series Midnight Feast and has ordered two hour-long pilots, Say It To My Face and Reverse Course. Set at New York’s Chelsea Market, Midnight Feast is hosted by chef, restaurateur and TV personality Spike Mendelsohn. Each episode will feature three chefs who are given free rein to use any ingredient found in the famous food hall to execute judged dishes. By the end of the night, the winner walks away with a cash prize – while the losers walk away paying their own tabs. Say It To My Face gives chefs and restaurant owners a chance to defend themselves before their toughest online critics, and Reverse Course follows chef and restaurateur Sam Talbot as he takes the farm-to-table concept to the extreme and tells the story of food in reverse, It begins with the final meal and works backwards, from the meal being served, to the preparation and cooking.
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A+E’s FYI Orders 2 Unscripted Pilots Ahead Of July Launch

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 12:07pm PDT

fyiA+E Networks‘ new lifestyle channel FYI has picked up two hourlong unscripted pilots as it ramps up for its July 7 launch. You’re The One (working title), hosted by journalist and documentarian Cherry Healey, follows men and women as they embark on a mission to find a lost love. Through social and mass media, communities around the world are mobilized to engage in the hunt, leading up to the final face-to-face meeting. Marry Me … Today (working title) is described as a breakthrough wedding concept for the modern generation. The show partners with website The Knot to follow an ambitious groom-to-be as he surprises his girlfriend with a proposal, engagement and marriage all in one day, using his girlfriend’s online wish list to plan and execute her fantasy wedding.
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A+E Lifestyle Network FYI Sets First Slate, Launch Date

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 7:51am PST
Nellie Andreeva

fyiEight months after Nancy Dubuc brought in BBC executive Jana Bennett to lead LMN and Bio and transform Bio into a lifestyle brand, the company has set July 7 as  a launch date for Bio’s successor, FYI, and its inaugural slate of six series and two pilots. The series run the gamut of tried-and-true lifestyle areas: food, home/home renovation and personal makeover, with the network touting its programming as being younger skewing and upscale. Pilots include one featuring actress Jennifer Esposito and her gluten-free bakery. The project was first piloted by E!, which passed on it. Here is the slate: Read More »

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A+E Networks’ Bio Renamed FYI As It Converts Into Lifestyle Network

By | Wednesday December 11, 2013 @ 11:03am PST
Nellie Andreeva

FYI_LogoA+E Networks‘ long-gestating plan to convert Bio Channel into a lifestyle cable network has been made official today with the announcement that Bio will be rebranded as FYI next summer. (this is the network’s new logo on right)

One of Nancy Dubuc’s top priorities after becoming president and CEO of A+E Networks earlier this year has been revamping the group’s emerging networks: Bio, LMN and H2. As part of her turnaround plans, Dubuc tapped BBC executive Jana Bennett, who helped usher TLC into mainstream programming in the early 2000s, to run LMN and Bio. Bennett will now oversee FYI as president of FYI and LMN. The hire indicated Dubuc’s desire to add a lifestyle brand to her cable portfolio, led by History, A&E and Lifetime. Since she put the plan into motion in the spring, the lifestyle cable space opened up surprisingly when NBCU rebranded Style as male-focused Esquire. In preparation for Bio’s transformation, the network quietly started re-airing A&E’s house-flipping shows. It also had been actively developing new projects to fit Bio’s new identity, with 30 potential series in the works. Read More »

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