Emmy Award-winning production company Zero Point Zero (Parts Unknown, Mind of a Chef, The Getaway, etc.) is amping up its digital content game, and as such has acquired the blog Food Republic. A statement released by ZPZ says Food Republic will become part of a "separate, still unnamed independent entity" that will include "Steven Rinella's MeatEater website, a new partnership with cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and several YouTube channels and web video series."
Food Republic launched three years ago as a "site for men who want to eat and drink well, and to live smart," but has since developed a more general approach. According to ZPZ, managing director Nathaniel Landau and editorial director Richard Martin will continue to run Food Republic. ZPZ plans to launch their new site sometime in 2014. Zero Point Zero tells Eater that Food Republic "will carry on as usual" although they "hope in the future to give the editors more opportunities to create video content for their readers." Below, a statement from ZPZ:
Zero Point Zero today is pleased to announce its acquisition of Food Republic Inc. The Food Republic website will become one of the launch properties in a new ZPZ-owned venture that brings together several of its existing digital initiatives under a separate, still unnamed independent entity. Food Republic, launched in May 2011 by restaurateur Andrew Chapman, former Conde Nast Digital Exec Kourosh Karimkhany and celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, has rapidly grown to almost one million monthly users seeking engaging daily information and stories about food and drink. The property also has attracted premium brand partners such as Macy's, American Airlines and Glenlivet among many others.
ZPZ's new digital portfolio, focusing on food and lifestyle websites and content, will include the newly acquired Food Republic website, as well as Steven Rinella's MeatEater website, a new partnership with cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and several YouTube channels and web video series.
The Food Republic team will continue to be lead by Managing Director Nathaniel Landau and Editorial Director Richard Martin. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.