International technology, media and telecoms law firm, Olswang, hosted some of Europe’s biggest names in film and TV to dispel the myths about TV format protection. Opening the seminar, David Lyle, CEO of National Geographic Channels addressed the impact and significance of the format industry. Members of Olswang’s European Media practice were joined by international experts and led an interactive panel discussion exploring the issues raised in the 2011 FRAPA report, authored by Olswang. They addressed the protectable elements of a TV format, compared their respective experiences of international format litigation as well as discussing commercial and business strategies for exploiting formats. The panellists led a conversation inviting comments from the fifty-plus industry guests. Read more here.