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Fremantle takes legal action against Swiss channel

FremantleMedia is taking legal action against Swiss channel 3+ TV Network over a copied format. The London-based production and distribution company is filing a suit against the channel for a violation of Swiss unfair competition laws over the show Bauer, Ledig, Sucht (Farmer, Single, Looking), which is airing on 3+ and resembles FremantleMedia's format Farmer Wants a Wife. FremantleMedia's production arm held discussions with 3+ over the format but never made a deal, and then 3+ released Bauer, Ledig, Sucht.
March 10, 2009

FremantleMedia is taking legal action against Swiss channel 3+ TV Network over a copied format. The London-based production and distribution company is filing a suit against the channel for a violation of Swiss unfair competition laws over the show Bauer, Ledig, Sucht (Farmer, Single, Looking), which is airing on 3+ and resembles FremantleMedia’s format Farmer Wants a Wife. FremantleMedia’s production arm held discussions with 3+ over the format but never made a deal, and then 3+ released Bauer, Ledig, Sucht.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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