New member profile: ZESPA MEDIA

CHINA is taking IP seriously, cracking down on piracy and seeking international formats that mix entertainment and commercial traction with responsible social, cultural, regulatory and political messages. So says new FRAPA member Zespa Media, established in 2010 to identify international content and formats suitable for the Chinese market. The London-and Beijing-based independent, co-founded by Chinese…

History in the making

THE PAST tells you a lot about the future. It adds context, gives perspective and helps explain how and why things happen. For anybody attempting to second-guess entertainment trends, viewing patterns and the fickle finger of consumer taste, this is valuable information, suggests Dr Jean Chalaby of the media and communications department of City University…

Nordic Independents come out of the cold

NORDIC creativity has never been cooler From chilling crime series — the ‘Nordic Noir’ phenomena of Millennium, The Killing and Wallander — to fun, quirky, thoughtful formats, such as The Blind Chef, Warzone Cooking, My Life’s Greatest Gift, The Wall, Blobo, Shop Amok, Comedy Combat and Babes on the Bus, there’s no question that the…