Fremantle takes Banijay formats row legal

FremantleMedia is taking Banijay Group to court after the pair failed to resolve a formats dispute. FremantleMedia-owned Israeli prodco Abot Hameiri went public with an allegation that Banijay Zodiak Nordisk had copied its format Best of All format ahead of MIPCOM. FremantleMedia said this afternoon it will take the matter to court after renewed attempts […]

FRAPA membership grows 35% in a year

Formats industry body FRAPA has grown its membership 35% in the past year. This spike comprises 50 new members in the last 12 months, and comes after The Gurin Company’s Phil Gurin and Missing Link Media founder Jan Salling (pictured) became co-chairmen in March 2015. Among the new members are Korea Creative Content Agency, South […]

Salling, Gurin replace Absolutely’s Geneste at FRAPA

The Format Recognition and Protection Association has replaced Patty Geneste as chair, with Nordic World sales COO Jan Salling (left) and The Gurin Company’s Phil Gurin now sharing responsibility for running the industry body. FRAPA said Geneste (below, right) is stepping down for personal reasons. She sold her formats business to Nordic World last year. […]

FRAPA members offered NATPE discount

Members of formats alliance FRAPA are being offered a US$375 discount for Miami’s NATPE confab. Under terms of a new pact between the organisations, FRAPA members can purchase tickets to the January 2014 event at a US$750 rate. The standard rate is US$1175. New FRAPA members that will be able to take advantage of the […]

Viewpoint: Patty Geneste

Patty Geneste, chairman, FRAPA and CEO Absolutely Independent and Gertjan van Valen, marketing & sales director, Absolutely Independent, indulge in some formats trend-spotting. It is a good time to reflect on some of the trends we have seen in the format world over the last year. Personality driven reality shows, with the likes of Jersey […]