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Travel Channel Ups Brian Leonard to VP of Programming and Development

30 March 2015 10:47 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Travel Channel has promoted Brian Leonard to VP of programming and development, the network announced Monday.

Since coming on board in 2011, Leonard has worked as exec producer on many of the Travel Channel’s top series, including “Breaking Borders,” “Hotel Impossible,” “Man Finds Food” and “Time Traveling With Brian Unger.”

“Brian is a great storyteller, producer and team leader,” said Travel Channel’s senior VP of programming and development Ross Babbit in a statement. “He oversees production on a variety of original programming with dedication, reliability and a commitment to high quality. With his roll-up-your-sleeves style, he will be a great resource for the team and also help Travel Channel achieve our overall goal of owning the travel category, while attracting an upscale audience to our expanding slate of new original programming.”

Leonard’s pre-Travel Channel credits include serving as showrunner for History’s “Modern Marvels” series, creating »

- Marianne Zumberge

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Chef Michael Voltaggio Premieres ‘Breaking Borders’ With Israel-Palestine Episode

4 March 2015 1:07 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Michael Voltaggio, chef at L.A.’s Ink restaurant and a “Top Chef” winner, took a break from cooking Monday night to premiere his new Travel Channel show “Breaking Borders” at a screening at UTA. International correspondent Mariana van Zeller co-hosts the new travel and food adventure show that premieres March 15 on Travel Channel.

Fellow L.A. chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Josiah Citrin, Matt Molina and recent “Top Chef” winner (and Voltaggio protege) Mei Lin, were there to celebrate the launch along with actors Ben Feldman, Jonathan Sadowski, Emily Osment, Larisa Oleynik and Eric Wareheim.

Travel Channel acquired the “Breaking Borders” format at Mip. Although it is based on the Norwegian show “Dining With the Enemy,” “we broadened it a little,” said exec producer Brian Leonard, who thinks this show works because of its focus on real people in conflict zones, not politicians.

The first episode focuses on the tensions between Israel and the Palestinian territories, »

- Pat Saperstein

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Travel Channel’s ‘Breaking Borders’ Sets Premiere Date, Location Lineup (Exclusive)

15 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Travel Channel has set a debut date for its new series “Breaking Borders,” and the show’s location lineup, as well.

“Breaking Borders,” hosted by journalist Mariana van Zeller and “Top Chef” Season 6 winner Michael Voltaggio, will premiere on Sunday, March 15 at 9 p.m., the channel told TheWrap exclusively. The company also shared with us exclusively the global locations that the ambitious project is booked for.

In the series, Van Zeller and Voltaggio will travel to conflict zones around the globe for 13 one-hour episodes, gathering people from all sides of a long-standing geographic-based battle to share a feast and talk »

- Tony Maglio

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