Roku to Develop Original Series Starring Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse, Christopher Kimball

Roku is super-sizing its cooking entertainment lineup.

The streaming platform announced co-production deals with Marquee Brands and Milk Street Studios to develop seven original series starring lifestyle and culinary personalities Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and Christopher Kimball.

The new programming was unveiled as part of Roku’s 2022 NewFronts presentation Tuesday for marketers. The shows, to premiere exclusively on the Roku Channel, are “Martha Cooks,” “Martha Holidays” (working title) and “Martha Gardens” from Martha Stewart; “Emeril Cooks” and “Emeril Tailgates” from Lagasse; and “Milk Street’s Cooking School” and “Milk Street’s My Family Recipe” from Christopher Kimball.

In addition to the all-new original series, the deals will bring complete past seasons of Stewart, Lagasse and Kimball shows to the Roku Channel — comprising more than 3,000 episodes from the vault, available to stream for free. Roku said it also plans to create linear channels featuring the programming for its live TV guide.

“We are thrilled to bring our viewers this standout content from culinary and cultural powerhouses Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and Chris Kimball — for free,” Rob Holmes, Roku’s VP of programming, said in announcing the deals. “These exciting first-of-their-kind partnerships for Roku with Marquee Brands and Milk Street Studios, showcase our unique ability to drive value across the streaming ecosystem.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with a great partner like The Roku Channel to make several of our celebrated series led by world renowned personalities Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse accessible to audiences for free,” Neil Fiske, CEO of Marquee Brands, said in a statement.

Stewart commented: “I am so excited to bring new and engaging content and beloved episodes created by me and my team from throughout the years to the Roku audience.” Lagasse added: “I’m thrilled to join the Roku family and connect with viewers on the powerful and joyful experience of cooking at home for your friends and family. Get ready for new dishes, recipes and techniques that will keep you inspired and happy!”

Kimball said in a statement: “The world of home cooking is going through a massive revolution as new combinations of flavors, techniques and recipes are being introduced to American kitchens. Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street is delighted to share this exciting new approach to putting dinner on the table with The Roku Channel’s huge audience as well as to introduce all-new Roku original series.”

Here’s a rundown of the new shows in development at Roku:

Marquee Brands – Martha Stewart Productions

  • “Martha Cooks”: Stewart cooks 100 of her favorite recipes, working with world-renowned chefs and dear friends, all from her home kitchen in Bedford, N.Y.
  • “Martha Holidays” (working title): Stewart is your host for everything holiday! From festive family dishes and dazzling desserts, from decorating tips to thoughtful gift ideas, Martha will share her secrets for a successful and joyous holiday season.
  • “Martha Gardens”: Over the course of a year in the life of Stewart’s 153-acre farm, she will share the tips, tricks and tools that gardeners of all skill levels need to be successful — and have fun.

Marquee Brands – Emeril Lagasse Productions

  • “Emeril Cooks”: Famous for bringing his creative take on Creole and Cajun cuisine to the masses, celebrity chef, author and restauranteur Emeril Lagasse is back with some of his favorite recipes. The show will fuse the traditions of New Orleans cuisine with brand-new dishes and techniques inspired by Emeril’s renowned restaurant menus and line of cookbooks.
  • “Emeril Tailgates”: Lagasse will add his signature “kick” to regionally specific dishes inspired by popular tailgate fare from across the country, from Buffalo wings to Kansas City BBQ.

Milk Street Studios Productions

  • “Milk Street’s Cooking School”: Kimball and his team of experts seek to inspire home cooks to try new techniques, ingredients, and tools that will make them more confident, more successful and more excited to get in the kitchen.
  • “Milk Street’s My Family Recipe”: Kimball and James Beard Award winner Cheryl Day will help home cooks recreate lost or forgotten cherished family recipes in this show about history, community, family and memories — and how food ties it all together.

Complete seasons of Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and Milk Street series coming to the Roku Channel are: “Martha Bakes” seasons 1-11; “Martha Stewart’s Cooking School” seasons 1-5; “Martha Stewart Living” seasons 1-11; “Essence of Emeril” seasons 1-11; “Emeril Live” seasons 1-19; and “Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Television” seasons 1-5.

In Q4 2021, the Roku Channel reached U.S. households with an estimated 80 million people. The Roku Channel was a top 5 channel on the Roku platform in the U.S. by active account reach and streaming hour engagement in Q1 2022.

The Roku Channel features a lineup of more than 80,000 free movies and TV programs and over 275 free live linear TV channels in the U.S, as well as premium subscriptions from more than 50 content partners. The Roku Channel is available in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

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