Format association celebrates two decades of industry leadership
FRAPA, the Format Recognition and Protection Association, has announced the appointment to the management board of Mike Beale, managing director, Global Creative Network, ITV Studios.
Beale has been a member of the FRAPA general board since 2015. His elevation to the management board will enable him to play a more active role in shaping FRAPA’s ongoing objectives, designed to promote a global understanding of the primacy of original format creation.
Recently promoted into his new global role reporting to Managing Director of ITV Studios, Julian Bellamy, Beale is responsible for boosting creativity, encouraging knowledge-sharing and developing global hits across the ITV group’s 36 non-scripted labels. He also acquires third-party IP for the Group’s production pipeline. Having joined in 2011, Beale has presided over ITV Studios’ rise into a global formats powerhouse over the last decade, overseeing a slate that includes such superbrands as The Chase, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, Hell’s Kitchen, Come Dine With Me and Love Island. Prior to his new role he was also Managing Director of ITV Studios Nordic production labels.
Before joining ITV, Mike served as vice-president of international production at NBCUniversal, where he oversaw the global production of a string of hit formats, including Top Chef, Minute to Win It and Real Housewives. His CV also includes stints with Planet 24, LWT, Bunim Murray, Hat Trick and the BBC. He was also one of the founders of 12 Yard Productions.
Phil Gurin, co-chair of FRAPA, said: “Mike Beale is a world-class creative leader. His unrivalled global perspective make him the perfect addition to the management board as we launch our FRAPA 2020 Vision Plan to mark our 20th anniversary. Mike’s knowledge and experience will be invaluable as we work to offer our growing global community of format producers the best services, resources and guidance. He also rocks a set of magnificent pocket squares — a colourful addition to any group photo!”
Mike Beale said: “Protecting the value of IP and creative ideas is one of the most important aspects of the formats business, and so I am delighted to be joining the management board of FRAPA which plays such a vital role within the industry. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues on the board in representing our global members so that they may continue to concentrate on coming up with brilliant and unique ideas.”
To mark its anniversary year, FRAPA is working on a suite of new services for its members and associates, which will be announced in the coming months. As part of its ongoing commitment to offer real value to its membership, it has also crafted a series of foundational documents designed to codify key aspects of the format industry. These include a format definition, which it is hoped will be adopted worldwide by courts and lawyers engaged in format disputes; a Declaration of Cooperation; and a Code of Conduct for FRAPA members.
Other initiatives planned under FRAPA’s 2020 Vision Plan include a new membership pricing structure based on company size, an expanded programme of mini-summits, several new in-depth reports and a series of panel debates at key events and conferences around the world.