Keo launches in Oz as River Cottage expands

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s factual entertainment producer Keo Films is launching a dedicated base in Australia after its River Cottage format was commissioned for two new seasons.

Pay TV operator Foxtel has commissioned the new seasons after the first scored strong consolidated ratings on the LifeStyle Channel.

Keo, which produced the original UK series about local food production for Channel 4, has launched a new division, Keo Australia, to coproduce the new seasons with ITV Studios Australia.

Aussie chef Paul West will take over presenting duties from Fearnley-Whittingstall, and season two will launch next year.