International production volume generated by traded TV formats has grown to € 9.3 billion!

FRAPA, The Format Recognition and Protection Association, publishes the international FRAPA Report 2009 – TV Formats to the World, analyzing the TV format business worldwide.

Cannes, October 7, 2009. The international trade association FRAPA presented yesterday at MIPCOM the new “FRAPA Report 2009 – TV Formats to the World”, compiled in association with the global TV research agency The WIT and TV Sisters, a journalistic office that provides international programme research and supported by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. 14 countries (Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Spain, UK, USA and three Nordic countries, Denmark, Norway and Sweden) comprise the focus of the report.

Formats like “Deal or No Deal”, “Hole in the Wall” and “Lalola” travel around the world inspiring millions of people. 445 original formats found their way to foreign countries from 2006 to 2008. The number nearly doubled from the first report made on behalf of FRAPA, which analysed the formats traded from 2002 to 2004.

The production volume generated by traded formats has grown to €9.3 billion for the years 2006 to 2008. This is an enormous increase of 45 % in comparison to the first report. The UK still leads in the number of exported formats, followed by the USA, The Netherlands and Argentina. Countries such as Germany, Spain and Italy started to improve their format business with promising results already in evidence. Even Japan, a self-sufficient giant, is showing a growing interest in the format trade.

Ute Biernat, Chairman of FRAPA and CEO of GRUNDY Light Entertainment points out the importance of the new report: “We very proudly present the impressive results of the new FRAPA Report. Once more it shows the impact of the format business on the media industry and the relevance of the protection of format rights, which becomes more and more obvious.”

David Lyle, FRAPA Board Member and President Fox Reality Channel: “The guide is like a world almanac of the format business. It has both a global overview of the size and scope of the business in terms of which sorts of formats are earning the big bucks and a detailed local view of the evolving opportunities in each of the major territories.