Global uncertainty underlines value of unified format industry
Amsterdam, July 6th 2016
FRAPA has signed up close to 50 new members in the last 12 months, representing a 35% increase in its global community of format creators, producers, distributors and broadcasters.
The hike in membership follows FRAPA’s executive shuffle last year, which saw The Gurin Company’s Phil Gurin and Missing Link Media’s Jan Salling take over as co-chairs, the appointment of several high-profile format executives to the general board, and the announcement of a new positioning and growth strategy. Over the last 12 months, FRAPA has worked to strengthen its relevance to the billion-dollar global industry it represents by providing its members with a suite of format-protection, advocacy and mediation services, as well as acting as a focal point for networking, information, training, support and advice.
Among the new members to have signed up to FRAPA in recent months are Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA), which promotes the $5.5m Korean content industry on the world stage, national commercial network Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) and CJ E&M, Korea’s largest entertainment conglomerate. The addition to the FRAPA community of these powerful Korean players is seen as particularly valuable in terms of facilitating the flow of formats both in and out of Asia.
Salling said: “We’re pleased and gratified by this impressive jump in members, which is confirmation that the vision of FRAPA that we on the board are working hard to realise is resonating with the formats industry. In view of recent political and economic events, the need has never been greater for the global formats industry to stand shoulder to shoulder.”
Gurin added: “This is a great start to our mission to re-energise FRAPA by bringing more companies and creatives into our big tent of shared values. China’s recent protectionist measures, Brexit, growing xenophobia and the entertainment industry’s headlong rush towards consolidation makes it clear that the stronger and more representative FRAPA becomes, the greater the chance of beneficial cross-border commerce based on mutual respect, trust and openness.”
Other FRAPA milestones achieved in the last year include providing industry support and consultancy in its 50th IP infringement case, and negotiating a deal with Reed MIDEM, organisers of the MIPTV and MIPCOM content markets in Cannes, under which FRAPA members can now benefit from significant registration discounts. In line with the association’s mission to serve as the mouthpiece of the global formats’ community, it has also contributed to numerous panels and masterclasses at key industry events, including MIPCOM, MIPFormats, Discop Istanbul, NATPE Budapest and Miami, ATF Singapore and, mostly recently, China Formats Shanghai.
FRAPA – the Format Recognition and Protection Association — is an international body dedicated to the protection of formats. Established in 2000 by a group of key industry professionals, FRAPA now represents numerous companies from within the television and broadcast industry. Its members include format creators, producers, distributors and broadcasters.
As an independent, non-profit association, FRAPA’s key services include registering format proposals; providing consultation in disputes arising out of claims of format plagiarism; creating guidelines for fair competition; and educating the industry and the law regarding the protection of formats.
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