FRAPA rejigs & names former SPT exec as new MD

The Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA) has rejigged its senior management, with former Sony Picture Television (SPT) exec Eric Kafoe named MD. Kafoe joined FRAPA in 2020 to manage events, communications and marketing, having spent two decades in the format business including a stint as SPT’s director of unscripted format acquisitions. FRAPA administrator Bianca […]

FRAPA adds Fremantle, Banijay & All3Media format execs to board

FRAPA, the global Format Recognition and Protection Association, has appointed three new senior format execs to its general board – Fremantle’s Tony Stern, Banijay’s Carlotta Rossi Spencer and All3Media International’s Nick Smith. The execs will help to strengthen the organisation’s role in protecting format rights and settling disputes over IP infringement. Stern is EVP of […]

TBI Formats: Fighting for your format

Mark Layton talks to format rights holders from around the world about what they can do if they believe their IP has been copied and explores how a damaged reputation may be the best weapon in their arsenal. There are few things more coveted than a great piece of original IP that has the legs […]

Ukraine’s 1+1 Media Group joins format recognition body FRAPA

Ukraine’s 1+1 Media Group, which was recently at the centre of a format dispute with Fremantle and rival broadcaster TRK Ukraine, has become a member of the International Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA). 1+1 said its membership had been confirmed yesterday, ensuring the company receives additional protection of its IP internationally via the global […]

Fremantle & TRK Ukraine ‘explore sanctions’ against 1+1 in ‘Masked Singer’ dispute

The Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA) has said there are “striking similarities” between a Ukrainian remake of a Romanian entertainment show and The Masked Singer, as the format dispute between broadcast rivals 1+1 and TRK Ukraine heats up. TRK Ukraine accused 1+1 of ripping off The Masked Singer last month, arguing that the local remake of Antena’s Mysteries In […]

Concepts vs. formats: how to tell the difference

K7 Media founder and FRAPA board member Keri Lewis Brown breaks down how to identify a piece of IP as a format versus a concept, and how the formats agency plans to help creators tell the difference in the future.  Remarkably, given that some of the biggest entertainment brands of the past 20 years — Big […]

FRAPA’s Jan Salling boards BBC Studios

FRAPA head Jan Salling has joined BBC Studios to run production out of the Nordics.  The exec will serve as head of BBC Studios Nordics Productions, based out of Copenhagen, Denmark. His new role will see him drive sales and production of the producer-distributor’s formats in the Nordic region and he will work closely with Banijay […]

FRAPA launches guide to help prevent format infringement

FRAPA, the format recognition and protection association, has launched a new service – the FRAPA Infringement Guide – supported by free case assessments from industry experts. The Infringement Guide is FRAPA’s response to a call from format professionals to provide practical, step-by-step assistance on what to do in the event of a suspected intellectual property (IP) […]

Exclusive: Formats watchdog fires warning shot at MIPCOM organisers

International format protection group FRAPA has issued an open letter to Reed Midem putting pressure on the MIPCOM organiser to address China’s controversial place at the international TV market. The letter, which has been shared with TBI, comes in response to China being named “Country of Honour” for MIPCOM despite numerous IP theft claims by […]