How it all began…

The FRAPA Format Awards were launched in 2003 at the Monte Carlo TV Festival. In 2005 they were presented at the Rose d’Or Television Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland.
In the first two years, awards were presented in just three categories: best game-show format, best reality format and best scripted format. The winners were selected by a jury of industry experts.
In 2007, FRAPA decided to rebrand the Format Awards in order to raise their international impact. It therefore joined forces with the influential entertainment business publisher C21Media and the competition was moved to the world’s foremost audiovisual content trade show: MIPCOM in Cannes, France.
Renamed the C21/FRAPA Format Awards, the annual event now takes place at an exclusive beach-front venue in Cannes, attended by some 250 MIPCOM delegates.
The C21/FRAPA Format Awards are unique not only because they are devoted exclusively to television formats, but also because of the online screening and voting mechanism that lies at their heart. The judge and jury are C21’s 35,000-strong online community, which votes via the video portal. As a result, the awards are truly international, truly democratic and a true reflection of the best creativity in the global format industry.
Each year, the awards committee also presents a Gold Medal to an organisation or individual that has made an outstanding contribution to the worldwide format business.


C21/FRAPA Format Award winners: 2013

Best brand-driven format: Be the Boss (All3Media International)
Best comedy format: Hotel Zimmerfrei (from Nordic World)
Best factual entertainment format: Googlebox (All3Media International)
Best multi-platform format: Pissed Off (ITV Studios)
Best scripted format: It’s a Date (ABC Commercial)
Best competition reality format: Mentor (Banijay International)
Best studio-based game show format: Take on the Twisters (ITV Studios)


C21/FRAPA Format Award winners: 2011

Best Competition Reality Format: The Voice (Talpa Distribution)
Best Comedy Format: Wall of Fame (Hat Trick International)
Best Multiplatform Format: The Only Way is Essex (All3Media International)
Best Factual Entertainment: Angels of Reality from (Can’t Stop Media)
Best Studio-based Gameshow: Epic Win (BBC Worldwide)
Best Scripted Format: Friday Night Dinner (BBC Worldwide)
Best Brand-generated Format: nPower: What’s Ypur Goal? (North One Television)
IFY Gold Medal Award: Dick de Rijk

C21/FRAPA Format Award winners: 2010

Best Competition Reality Format: Three in a Bed (All3Media)
Best Comedy Format: Benidorm Bastards (SevenOne International)
Best Multiplatform Format: Final Punishment (beActive Entertainment)
Best Factual Entertainment: The Fairy Jobmother (All3Media)
Best Studio-based Gameshow: Minute to Win (NBC Universal)
Best Scripted Format: Ezel (Sparks Networks)
Best Brand-generated Format: HP Space (ice-TV)
IFA Gold Medal Award: Reg Grundy

C21/FRAPA Format Awards: 2009

Best Competition Reality Format: Relentless (Zig Zag Productions)
Best Comedy Format: I Get That a Lot (CBS Studios International)
Best Multi-screen Format: Married on MySpace (Endemol)
Best Observational Documentary Format: Undercover Boss (All3Media International)
Best Gameshow: Pretty Smart (Talpa Distribution)
Best Scripted Format: Being Erica (BBC Worldwide/Temple Street)
IFA Gold Medal Award: Peter Bazalgette

C21/FRAPA Format Awards: 2008

Best Factual Entertainment Show: Born to be Wild (Zodiak)
Best Competition Reality Show: Make it Short (Distraction Formats)
Best Multi-screen/Future Media Format: The Cell (Endemol)
Best Studio-based Gameshow: The Encounter (Sera Film Services)
Best Sketch Comedy: Headcases (ITV Global Entertainment)
Best Scripted Format: El Cartel (Caracol TV)
IFA Gold Medal: Stephen Leahy and Trish Kinane

C21/FRAPA Format Awards: 2007

Best Factual Entertainment Show: Wasted (Fumes)
Best Entertainment Reality Show: Just the Two of Us (BBC Worldwide)
Best Multi-screen/Future Media Format: 40 Weeks (Magyx)
Best Studio-based Gameshow: 8 out of 10 Cats (Zeppotron)
Best Sketch Comedy: Spoons (Endemol)
Best Scripted Format: Serial Frank (Distraction Formats)
Best Competition Reality Show: Ladette to Lady (RDF Rights)
IFA Gold Medal: Merv Griffin

FRAPA Format Awards: 2006

Best Gameshow: Deal or No Deal (Endemol)
Best Reality Format: The Biggest Loser (Reveille Productions)
Best Scripted Format: The Nanny (Sony Pictures International)

FRAPA Format Awards: 2005

Best Gameshow: Test the Nation (Eyeworks)
Best Reality Format: The Apprentice (Mark Burnett Productions)
Best Scripted Format: Ladykracher (Brainpool Productions)

FRAPA Format Awards Winners: 2004

Best Gameshow: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Celador)
Best Reality Format: Wife Swap (RDF Right)
Best Scripted Format: Love Bugs (Distraction Formats)

FRAPA Format Awards Winners: 2003

International Format of the Year: The Price is Right
Special Award 2003: Reg Grundy

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