New member profile: MONGOL TV

IP PIRACY in Mongolia is so rampant that even the country’s public broadcaster is airing unlicensed formats and dramas. This is the news from the Mongolian frontline as reported by Nomin Chinbat, managing director of FRAPA’s newest member, Mongol TV. Chinbat pulls no punches when describing the severity of her home country’s piracy problem. “It’s…

World buys into the Israeli format model

ISRAELI television has been on an interesting journey since the launch of Channel 1 in May 1968. With its stolid diet of propaganda, religion and education, the state-run channel was not, in fairness, the most gripping of services. “I’ll tell you something not many people know,” says Israeli entertainment producer Omri Marcus, attempting to explain…

Jonathan Coad

Glass house controversy is ‘bad news for reality’

THE RECENT spat between ABC and CBS over the former’s new reality series The Glass House, which CBS alleges is a rip off of Big Brother, undermines the protection of formats and has potentially damaging long-term consequences. So says entertainment lawyer Jonathan Coad, founder and director of the International Format Lawyers Association and a partner…