New member profile: STRIX

NOT MANY producers come with better format credentials than Strix. In 1997, the Stockholm-based creative shop unleashed a docu-soap-on-a-desert-island on an unsuspecting world. It was called Expedition Robinson and it was swiftly pulling in huge audiences for SVT Sweden. Credited with launching the adventure reality genre, Expedition Robinson went on to beget one of the…

Our man in Kabul

FARRELL MEISEL remembers a moment at MIPCOM last year. A distributor walked past him in the Palais and shouted, “Hey, Farrell, do you need a documentary about Afghanistan?” “No, thanks. I’m living one,” Meisel quipped. Unlike most people in an industry prone to exaggeration, Meisel was telling it like it is — the CEO of…

FRAPA/PACT alliance helps share the risk

UNITY is strength in the IP protection game — and it is this truth that lies behind a new co-operation between FRAPA and PACT, the UK trade association that represents and promotes the commercial interests of independent feature film, television, digital, children’s and animation companies. “IP is at the heart of our members’ success,” says…

New member profile: ZESPA MEDIA

CHINA is taking IP seriously, cracking down on piracy and seeking international formats that mix entertainment and commercial traction with responsible social, cultural, regulatory and political messages. So says new FRAPA member Zespa Media, established in 2010 to identify international content and formats suitable for the Chinese market. The London-and Beijing-based independent, co-founded by Chinese…

History in the making

THE PAST tells you a lot about the future. It adds context, gives perspective and helps explain how and why things happen. For anybody attempting to second-guess entertainment trends, viewing patterns and the fickle finger of consumer taste, this is valuable information, suggests Dr Jean Chalaby of the media and communications department of City University…