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 […]

CJ E&M claims format infringement by China’s iQiyi

During a panel event at the MIPTV television conference and market in Cannes, Korea’s CJ E&M claimed that it had proof of copyright infringement of its talent show Produce 101 by China’s iQiyi. Using analysis, administered by the format recognition and protection association (FRAPA), CJ E&M says that Idol Producer by iQiyi has reached the […]

David Lyle passes away aged 67

Former Fox, National Geographic and FremantleMedia chief David Lyle has passed away aged 67. The well-liked and much-respected executive succumbed after a long fight with cancer on Thursday at his home in LA. The Australia-born Lyle was permanent figure at international markets such as MIPCOM, and was widely respected for his humorous, straight-talking approach to […]

Star forced to back down in FRAPA format row

International formats body FRAPA has moved to distance itself from claims from Star China over ownership of the Sing China. The matter centres on the singing competition series Sing China, which scored massive ratings in the territory last year after Star stopped producing The Voice of China with Talpa Global. Star believed by registering the format with […]