Cologne, 20th October 2008, Following a month of intensive online voting by the international entertainment community, the C21Media/FRAPA Format Awards were presented at a MIPCOM ceremony last week. The event reinforced the growing trend towards ‘creativity sans frontierès’, with a number of the winners originating from the smaller TV territories, rather than the traditional formats powerhouses of the UK, the US and the Netherlands.
The 2008 winning formats were:

Best game show: The Encounter by Sera Film Services (Turkey)

Best scripted format: El Cartel by Caracol TV (Columbia)

Best competition reality show: Make It Short by Distraction (Canada)

Best factual entertainment show: Born To Be Wild by Zodiak (Scandinavia)

Best future media format: The Cell by Endemol (UK) for O2/Crackle.com

Best sketch comedy: Headcases by ITV Global Entertainment (UK)

The IFA Gold Medal: Stephan Leahy and Trish Kinane

The Awards ceremony, which took place at a beach-front venue in Cannes, was attended by some 250 MIPCOM delegates. The winners were selected by C21’s 30,000-strong community of executives from the worldwide content industry, who voted via the C21screenings.net video portal. Throughout September, some 16,000 clips were streamed of the more than 80 international formats that had made it through the selection process to the online final. “That’s up 50% on the number of clips streamed last year,” said David Jenkinson, C21Media’s editor-in-chief and managing director.

Jenkinson added: “These Awards have proved that the best way to find the best formats is to ask the international entertainment industry to vote for the winners themselves.” Cristina Palacio Pompo, Caracol Television, said: “Creativity belongs to anyone and everyone, and doesn’t always come from bigger TV markets. Ever since the success of Ugly Betty and Sin Tetas No Hay Paradiso [Without Breasts There Is No Paradise], the international market has been looking with interest at Columbian formats.”

Ute Biernat, chair of FRAPA and CEO of GRUNDY Light Entertainment, said: “The second edition of the C21 Media/FRAPA Format Awards confirms that there is a lot of creative potential all over the world. I am happy to see that the format industry is growing and evolving — especially in those countries that have not, traditionally, been part of the mainstream television market. As a result, however, it becomes even more important that we protect intellectual property worldwide.”