World buys into the Israeli format model

ISRAELI television has been on an interesting journey since the launch of Channel 1 in May 1968. With its stolid diet of propaganda, religion and education, the state-run channel was not, in fairness, the most gripping of services. “I’ll tell you something not many people know,” says Israeli entertainment producer Omri Marcus, attempting to explain…

Jonathan Coad

Glass house controversy is ‘bad news for reality’

THE RECENT spat between ABC and CBS over the former’s new reality series The Glass House, which CBS alleges is a rip off of Big Brother, undermines the protection of formats and has potentially damaging long-term consequences. So says entertainment lawyer Jonathan Coad, founder and director of the International Format Lawyers Association and a partner…

New member Profile: IPROD

BEING shortlisted for the heavily subscribed MIPFormats Pitch Competition is an achievement in itself. Finding yourself one of the five finalists with your first in-house developed concept — in this case, the interactive trivia quiz All For One, One For All — is not only cause for celebration but a strong indication that you have…