Monday, September 10, 2018



Available on DVD October 30 from PBS Distribution

Arlington, Va. – September 10, 2018 – PBS Distribution announces the release of “NO PASSPORT REQUIRED,” available on DVD October 30. Hosted and executive produced by renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, this program, produced by Eater for PBS, takes viewers on an inspiring journey across the U.S. to explore and celebrate the wide-ranging diversity of immigrant traditions and cuisines woven into American food and culture.

NO PASSPORT REQUIRED” will be available on DVD ($34.99 SRP) October 30, 2018. The program has a run time of approximately 360 minutes. The program is currently available for download from iTunes and Amazon.

Chef Samuelsson — co-owner of New York’s critically acclaimed Red Rooster Harlem — embodies America’s extraordinarily rich cultural diversity. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and a proud resident of Harlem, he’s inspired by this global background to infuse his culinary experiences with diverse elements of music, history, culture and the arts. Today, he is a celebrated award-winning chef, restaurateur, author, philanthropist and food activist.

From Detroit, where Marcus meets Middle Eastern immigrants who call the city home, to the Ethiopian community in Washington, D.C., NO PASSPORT REQUIRED” showcases how food can bring Americans — old and new — together around the table. In New Orleans, Marcus learns how Vietnamese culinary traditions have fully integrated into the fabric of the city, taking center stage with long-established French and African influences. In New York, he’s shown how the Indo-Guyanese culture thrives in a small enclave of Queens, and how this one community has taken the best of its Indian and Caribbean roots and incorporated those influences into its customs and cuisine. In Chicago, Marcus heads to the city’s Mexican neighborhoods and discovers their impact on the area’s food and cultural landscape. Then in Miami, he meets with members of the proud local Haitian community.

NO PASSPORT REQUIRED” is executive produced by Marty Moe, Chad Mumm, Amanda Kludt, Jim Bankoff, Lauren Thompson, Joanna Forscher, and Marcus Samuelsson for Vox Entertainment. Pamela A. Aguilar and Bill Gardner are executives in charge for PBS.

About Vox Media
Vox Media is the fastest-growing modern media company known for its standout technology, high-fidelity advertising, and house of editorial brands united by a shared belief in the power to go deeper to connect with global, passionate, curious audiences. Vox Media’s brands and businesses include SB Nation, Eater, The Verge, Vox, Curbed, Recode & Code Conferences, Racked, Polygon, Concert and Vox Creative.

Vox Entertainment is Vox Media’s Los Angeles-based development, production, and distribution division. On May 23, 2018, Vox premiered a new weekly docuseries, Explained on Netflix, produced by Vox Entertainment. In April 2018, the group announced American Style, a four part series detailing the history of American fashion, on CNN.

Eater is the most trusted voice in the food and dining world. With the only team of dedicated journalists in 24 markets across North America and the UK, Eater goes deeper into the cities, restaurants, bars, chefs, ingredients, experiences, and stories that are defining culture today. With a wide variety of original series like Prime Time, Omakase, and The Kitchen Gadget Test Show, Eater Video continues to evolve giving viewers new hosts, formats and access to experiences and destinations while still expanding audiences, reach and the overall lens of what food media can be.

About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is thce leading distributor of public media content around the world, reaching audiences through multiple platforms including digital distribution of OTT branded channels, TVOD, SVOD and VOD, as well as through theatrical licensing, DVD and Blu-ray sales, inflight entertainment and international licensing.  

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators over 4,000 programming hours of the highest quality factual, scripted and children’s programming, including films from producer Ken Burns, hit dramas from MASTERPIECE, entertaining and educational children’s series and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and many independent producers. For over 20 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations and producers.

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Street Date: October 30, 2018
Genre: Cooking
Run Time: 360 minutes on 2 discs
SRP: DVD, $34.99
Format: DVD, Digital Download

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