National Geographic Channels U.S. CEO David Lyle is the recipient of this year’s Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA) and C21Media Gold Award, as announced at MIPFormats Sunday, April 1, in Cannes, France.
FRAPA brings together format creators from around the world to protect their intellectual property rights. In 2000, Lyle helped found the organization and served as chairman until 2006. Often called upon as an expert to lecture internationally on the topic, he was granted the Gold Award for his for his “services to the global format.” Previous recipients include Reg Grundy, Peter Bazalgette, Merv Griffin and 2011’s recipient, Deal or No Deal creator Dick de Rijk.
FRAPA board member Michel Rodrigue said, “Lyle has made a major contribution to what is now a US$5 billion industry. We are grateful for his integral role in founding FRAPA and his ongoing role in helping the wider entertainment business understand the concept of intellectual property.”
Added FRAPA chair Ute Biernat, “What David has done for FRAPA and the format industry is outstanding. He absolutely deserves the award. I’ve never seen him as surprised as when we ambushed his presentation at MIP to present the award; it was a pleasure.”
Lyle, a veteran television executive whose career spans 25 years across more than 20 countries, has a proven track record developing factual and unscripted multiplatform/multiwindow content, both domestically and globally. He oversees the U.S. channels National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo Mundo. Former positions include heading Fox LOOK, Fox Reality Channel and FremantleMedia North America.
“When we set up FRAPA in April 2000,” said Lyle, “the aim was to have TV formats recognized and protected as intellectual property. Getting them recognized, we’ve done; getting them protected, we still have a way to go. FRAPA works to protect the producers, creators and distributors all over the world who are scribbling down ideas. Formats, whether they’re for TV or digital, deserve to be protected … and rewarded.”
National Geographic Channel
Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in 83 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in 435 million homes in 173 countries and 37 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.