Cologne, Germany, October 11, 2012: Ute Biernat, CEO of GRUNDY Light Entertainment, is to step down as chair of FRAPA on January 1, 2013, handing over the baton to Patty Geneste, founder, CEO and president of the Amsterdam-based format specialist Absolutely Independent.
The announcement was made last night by Ute Biernat at the sixth annual C21/FRAPA Format Awards in Cannes, France, which was attended by some 200 FRAPA members and format-industry luminaries.
Under Biernat’s tenure, FRAPA has undergone a rebranding and restructuring programming, launching several new initiatives and expanding its suite of services to reflect the format industry’s evolving needs. In recent years, it has introduced a new mediation service with UN agency WIPO, added a unique price calculator to its redesigned website, launched world-first format bible and contract generator tools, published several definitive surveys on the global trade in television formats, and established its annual awards ceremony in Cannes as the industry’s most prestigious red-carpet event.
Geneste will carry forward Biernat’s vision of creating a “global community, a networking forum, an advice shop, an information resources and an industry thought-leader” for the formats industry. Her plans for continued growth include forging new partnerships with like-minded organisations and expanding FRAPA’s programme of events, opening some up to non-FRAPA members.
Geneste said: “I am very happy with the development that FRAPA has shown over the past few years and the willingness of the board and our members to make our Association bigger, stronger and more relevant. My watchwords as I take over the FRAPA chair are ‘passion’ and ‘respect’ — passion for the job, respect for our product, passion for the format business and, most of all, respect for the creators without whom this industry would simply not exist.”
Biernat, who will remain on the FRAPA board, added: “I will look back with great affection — and satisfaction — at my seven years as chair of FRAPA. FRAPA is a unique organisation and I know it will continue to flourish in Patty’s capable hands. Patty is an experienced and respected format veteran with a huge network of friends and contacts around the globe. She has also been a valuable board member for past two and a half years, so she has a real insight into the challenges that FRAPA faces as it moves forward into its second decade. I wish her the best of luck.”
FRAPA – the Format Recognition and Protection Association — is an international body dedicated to the protection of formats. Established in 2000 by a group of key industry professionals, FRAPA new represents numerous companies from within the television and broadcast industry. Its members include format creators, producers, distributors and broadcasters.
As an independent, non-profit association, FRAPA’s key services include registering format proposals; mediating disputes arising out of claims of format plagiarism; creating guidelines for fair competition; and educating the industry and the law regarding the protection of formats.
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