New member profile: M-Net

SOUTH Africa’s format industry may still be in its infancy, but there is nothing under-developed about the country’s creative instincts, if the latest dating show from new FRAPA member M-Net is any indication. Called Rivals In Romance, the format has all the ingredients of a traditional ‘date-off’, in that two men — a nice guy…

EMC helps to unlock potential of Africa

A CHANCE to share, reflect, learn and encourage. These are the words used by entertainment lawyer Christoph Fey to describe the Entertainment Master Class’ (EMC) recent module in Cape Town, which took the travelling executive education programme to the African continent for the first time. It was also a first in terms of the EMC’s…

IFF China opens door to ‘1.3 BILLION POTENTIAL VIEWERS’

FRAPA is lending active support to China’s first-ever event dedicated to formats: the International Formats Forum (IFF China), which takes place in Beijing on November 12-13, 2010. The event will be attended by high-ranking delegates drawn from across China’s 32 regional TV stations, as well as national broadcaster CCTV and broadcasting watchdog SARFT (State Administration…

Argentina´s Smirnoff spreads message across LATAM

Nicolas Smirnoff, editorial director of Argentinian publishing powerhouse Prensario SRL and one of FRAPA’s newest board members, has seen at first hand the “terrible damage” wrought by piracy on the music, DVD and home-video markets — and he would like to prevent the formats industry from suffering a similar fate. “The music and home-video markets…