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History launches US version of Hairy Bikers

US cable network History is to produce a local version of Hairy Bikers after striking a format deal with BBC Worldwide.

A+E Networks-owned History has commissioned a 12x30mins version of the British format to air later this year.

The international distribution arm of the British public broadcaster recently struck a deal with Hairy Bikers and its management company James Grant Group to license their brand and format around the world and this is the first international deal to materialize.

The US Hairy Bikers are former White House chef Paul Patranella and his motorcycle mechanic friend Bill Allen. The show will be produced by BBC Worldwide Productions.

Matt Paice, EVP, international production at BBC Worldwide, said: “The Hairy Bikers have really captured viewers’ attention in the UK and the introduction of their stateside doppelgangers is a really exciting development.  We look forward to striking innovative new deals for Dave & Si and we will be looking for talent to replicate this success for broadcasters around the world.”

Holly Pye, head of television, James Grant Group added: “The History deal represents the first of its kind for the Bikers.  We look forward to working in partnership with BBC Worldwide in the coming months and years.”