Press Releases 2017

November 2017

For immediate release

Pilot begins production on a brand-new adventure series: Tough Trucks

Tough Trucks

Pilot Productions has commenced production of a brand-new series, Tough Trucks, following on from the success of its previous mini series Tough Trains and Tough  Boats.

Destinations in the six part series are Iceland, Guatemala, Turkey, Morocco, Ethiopia and Russia. Our hosts take a series of truck journeys across these lands exploring the many fascinating cultural, natural and historical sites along the way, including unique geological locations in Iceland, ancient Mayan sites in Guatemala and rarely visited Silk Road destinations in Eastern Turkey.

Broadcasters taking the series include Travel Channel International, RTVE, Spain and France 5, France.

October 2017

For immediate release

Globe Trekker announced as inductee of the TASTE HALL OF FAME.


The 9th Annual TASTE AWARDS has announced the inductees in the fifth class of the TASTE HALL OF FAME – and GlobeTrekker made the list!

Fifth year inductees were selected based on either having received numerous TASTE AWARDS and finalist nominations over the years, or having made a significant impact in the world of taste and broadcast entertainment.

See the full list of inductees below:

  •  A Taste of History
  •  Ace of Cakes
  •  Anna O’Steen/Lovely Lady Cakes
  •  Antiques Roadshow
  •  Authentic Entertainment
  •  Bare Feet With Mickela Mallozzi
  •  Barefoot Contessa
  •  Bite and Booze Radio Show
  •  Buzzfeed
  •  California’s Gold
  •  Daisy Martinez
  •  Delicious TV
  •  Euromaxx
  •  Globe Trekker
  •  Great British Bake Off
  •  Iron Chef
  •  Jacques Pepin
  •  Jillian Michaels
  •  Lidia Bastianich
  •  Magical Elves
  •  Man v. Food
  •  Mario Batali
  •  MasterChef
  •  Elise Strachan/MyCupcakeAddiction
  •  Naked and Afraid
  •  Property Brothers
  •  Rachel Ray
  •  Richard Simmons
  •  Rudy Maxa
  •  RuPaul
  •  Samantha Brown
  •  Shahs of Sunset
  •  Sunny Anderson
  •  The Pioneer Woman
  •  The Rachel Zoe Project
  •  The Splendid Table
  •  The Trip (Film)
  •  This Old House
  •  Wine Oh TV
  •  Zoella

The Annual TASTE AWARDS (also known as the TASTY Awards) in Hollywood celebrate the year’s best in Food, Fashion, and Lifestyle programs on Television, in Film, Online, in Apps, and on Radio & Podcasts. The Annual Awards has included appearances by stars, celebrities, producers and executives from networks and platforms such as the Food Network, the Style Network, Bravo, the Cooking Channel, Sony Pictures, DreamWorks, TLC, Discovery, Lifetime, E! Entertainment Television, PBS, APT, Create TV, NBC, ABC, the CW, HGTV, the Travel Channel, HD Net, Hulu, YouTube, Vimeo, Vice, LiveWell Network, Esquire Network, Bio/FYI Channel, iHeart Radio, HBO, MyxTV, Small Screen Network, StyleHaul, PTA, Zagat, Mode Media, WatchMojo, and more.

Current sponsors and partners for the awards include Ferrara Flame, TasteTV, Intermezzo Magazine, Cuisine Noir Magazine, SIP For the Love of Drink Magazine, Schiltz Farm’s roast goose, PR Newswire, SIXTY Beverly Hills, R&B Cellars, Twisted Roots Wine, Clubcard Printing,, KRCB, FilmFreeway, Without a Box, Drip Swimwear, Tom & Teddy, Just Bones Boardwear, La Fleur by Livvy, Wai Lana Chips, Grains of Health, The Yes Bar Company, and Long Mountain Wagyu.

June 2017

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For immediate release

Pilot begins Production an Epic New Documentary Exploring 
the World's Greatest Empires.


Combining CGI and dramatic reconstructions with insight from history experts, “Empire Builders” reveals the story of extraordinary empires that are still shaping the way we live our lives today.

From the Romans to the Raj, the Ottomans to the Incas, great empires have come and gone through the ages; but all have left behind extraordinary legacies, monuments, inventions and innovations, that were so revolutionary they changed the course of history.

“Empire Builders” brings to life ten great empires, each episode visiting the ten most significant sites that defined their achievements and legacies; 100 historic sites in all, discovering how they were built, for what purpose, and what they reveal about empire’s rise and fall.

Empires examined in the series include the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks; the Roman Empire; the Muslim Empire of the Ottomans, Mughals and Moors; the Spanish Empire; the British Raj; and the rise of the American Empire. The stories and sites from around world range from the mystery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb and the majesty of the Taj Mahal, to the wonders of Machu Picchu and the architecture of Sagrada Familia.

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January 2017

For immediate release

Pilot Productions' renown travel show, Globe Trekker , celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017.

Cameraman Tim Knight and soundman Jonathan Leffman with the Taot Tribe on the island of Palawan Philippines in 1996 for Series 3

Cameraman Tim Knight and soundman Jonathan Leffman with the Taot Tribe on the island of Palawan Philippines in 1996 for Series 3

Originally made as Lonely Planet, the series changed its name in 2000 and is now entering its 18th season.

The series now numbers 222 episodes plus more than 30 specials including the eight part “Around the World ” series shot in 2012 to celebrate its 2oth anniversary.

Ian Cross, Executive Producer and Managing Director of Pilot Productions, said:

“When I shot the pilot episode of Globe Trekker in 1992, there was no digital, no mobile, no HD, and no internet. Today the world is perceived as a more dangerous, stressed and difficult place. But the hunger to explore and learn from other cultures lives on.”

He went on:
“We are proud of the fact that we are still a small independent company, producing one of the longest running series on television and still making bespoke director led films in the midst of the digital revolution.”

Destinations visited in the Globe Trekker Series 18 include Iceland, the Adriatic, Northern Japan and Algeria and will all be available in 2018.

Pilot Productions CEO and part-time presenter Ian Cross on the pan European walking trail in Crete

Pilot Productions MD, Exec producer and part-time presenter Ian Cross on the pan European walking trail in Crete

Notes to Editors:

1. Currently in production at Pilot Productions are: Tough Boats of the Arctic, Tough Boats: Great Lakes of Tanzania, The Story of Beef, The Story of Sugar, The Rust Belt Highway, Travelling in the 70’s, Ottomans vs Christians: Battle for Europe, The Lost World of Joseph Banks and Traveling in the 70s.

2. For more information on the following sectors, please contact:

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Press Releases 2016

September 2016

Well-loved travel series makes digital moves to interact directly with fans

Press Releases 2014

September 2014


August 2014


Press Releases 2013

October 2013

Pilot Productions, the world's biggest independent television producer of travel related programmes, has announced the launch of a new website to showcase its library of programmes.

Press Releases 2012

December 2012

A raft of adventurous new sales for Pilot Productions

Press Releases 2011

October 2011

Globe Trekker is 20 years old!

Press Releases 2010

December 2010

World Cafe Middle East nominated for 'Best lifestyle programme' at the Asia television awards

World Cafe Middle East presenter Bobby Chinn nominated for best entertainment presenter award at the Asia television awards

September 2010

Globe Trekker is fifteen! Pilot Productions announce the return of the World's most watched travel show for 2011

Unveiling the majesty of architecture and design, pilot productions announces 'metropolis' - once and future city.

The ultimate clash of civilisations in 16th century europe. Pilot productions announces exciting new history series in 'ottomans vs. Christians'

Pilot productions world cafe series returns to serve up middle eastern delights.

July 2010

Pilot productions announces new deals with scripps networks & others across its lifetyle and travel shows catalogue.

Pilot productions' globe guides shows return for a third fantastic series.

Pilot productions serves up another delight as globe trekker returns to turkey.

Pilot productions serves up the best of catalan cuisine in planet food: barcelona.