As 2018 draws to a close, it seems a good moment to look back at the highlights of the last year and to tell you about our hopes and plans for 2019.
It’s been a period of reflection and restructuring at the FRAPA mothership — and we intend to do much better in 2019 when it comes to communicating with our members.
Our purpose is to hold the format industry to account to protect the creative health, wealth and sustainability of each and every one of you. And we have been working very hard on that. In 2017, we launched two critical services: the Formats Analysis Service (FAS) and an enhanced Format Registration Service (FRS). Both initiatives have proved popular and useful, helping to contribute to an increase in our membership.
Many of you will know that the FAS was used to illustrate a live-use case at a heading-grabbing conference at MIPTV in April. During the FRAPA-branded session, Korean format heavyweight CJ E&M presented a video analysis to support its claim that Chinese SVOD platform iQIYI unlawfully copied its talent format Producer 101. We’re happy to report that this case now seems to be resolved amicably between the two parties.
The ever expanding FRAPA community includes some of the most creative minds in the global video entertainment industry, not to mention some of the most commercial. As we move into 2019, the format industry is in rude health, but the media world in which we operate becomes more challenging by the year. With this in mind, we aim to prioritise those issues that are having the greatest impact on our members, using our newsletters and expanded live events to provide you with targeted news, insight and opinion.
Recognising that the richest source of intelligence on the format industry is to be found within the FRAPA family, we are set to conduct a membership survey to identify key areas not only of concern but also of opportunity. We’re committed to collating, curating and sharing any feedback we gain. We’re also keen to use the survey findings to expand our suite of services, both online and offline.
Finally, we have been reorganising ourselves following the death in 2017 of our much-missed friend and champion David Lyle. David was not only a format pioneer and the driving force behind the creation of FRAPA back in 2000, but he was also committed to helping others to achieve their full potential. And that’s what we will continue to do in David’s name: ensure that FRAPA helps its members to achieve their full potential, while upholding the principles at the heart of the organisation he helped to found: to fight intellectual property theft in the format industry and to nurture creativity, talent and decency.
So look out for the survey in your inbox in the coming days. It will take only 10 minutes to complete but we hope that its value to the future of our global network will last for many years to come.