Association marks 15th anniversary with new appointments and a MIPCOM celebration
The management Board of FRAPA has announced the appointment of two new general board members: Andrea Jackson, founder and managing director of newly launched specialist distribution and rights-management company Magnify Media; and Ricardo Ehrsam, general director of entertainment formats at Televisa International.
The appointment of two more high-profile board members is the next move in FRAPA’s new strategy, launched last April by co-chairs The Gurin Company’s Phil Gurin and Missing Link Media’s Jan Salling, to position itself as a knowledge hub, forum and standard-setter for the global formats industry, while uniting it under a common code of conduct aimed at creating a fairer, safer and better-regulated environment.
Jackson and Ehrsam join a FRAPA board that, in addition to Gurin and Salling, consists of eight respected format executives from around the world and across the industry spectrum: ITV Studios’ Mike Beale, Sony Pictures Television’s Lisette van Diepen, K7 Media’s Keri Lewis Brown, PactUS’ David Lyle, Zodiak Media’s Grant Ross, Red Arrow Entertainment Group’s Michael Schmidt, Prensario Internacional’s Nicolas Smirnoff and FremantleMedia China’s Vivian Yin.
The new board appointments come on the cusp of the FRAPA’s 15th anniversary, which it will be celebrating with a party at MIPCOM. The event, to be held on October 4, 2015 at Café Roma, will be open to all format professionals attending the Cannes content market, both existing FRAPA members and those who are interested in joining the association. Speaking at the celebration alongside FRAPA chairs Gurin and Salling will be Mind The Gap Films’ Bill Hughes and Talpa Global’s Charlotte van Bochove.
Salling said: “When Phil and I took over as co-chairs back in March, we pledged to position FRAPA at the epicentre of the global formats industry and transform it into an organisation that truly represents and reflects today’s billion-dollar business. With the new board members who joined us in April and, now, the arrival of Andrea and Ricardo, the first phase of that mission — to assemble a board of the brightest, best and most experienced format executives in the industry — has been achieved. Now, as FRAPA looks back at its first 15 years and forward to its next, we are ready to take FRAPA to the next level.”
Andrea Jackson said: “FRAPA does a very important job and I am pleased to add my contribution. It’s good business — both commercially and ethically — to protect and respect the international trade in formats. The work of FRAPA is about the safeguarding of creativity and the recognition of the uniqueness of ideas. This is an ever-evolving conversation in a changing industry and FRAPA provides the appropriate forum in which to address the issues and realities of the formats marketplace. This conversation is as relevant to the freelancing development producer as it is to the biggest broadcaster or studio.”
Ricardo Ehrsam said: ‘I am truly honored to become part of this organization which has grown thanks to the collaborative effort of the most relevant professionals in the format business. FRAPA’s objective and extraordinary efforts in the industry have helped create a safer playground for corporations and independent creators of content around the world. I have always admired the reach of this organization and the support it provides to its members and professionals in general. This appointment represents a big commitment and I will always give it my very best.’