FRAPA presents first results of new study at MIPTV

The Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA) announced some of the preliminary results of its upcoming report, 'TV Formats to the World,' at a press conference during this week's MIPTV activities in Cannes.
April 2, 2009

The Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA) announced some of the preliminary results of its upcoming report, ‘TV Formats to the World,’ at a press conference during this week’s MIPTV activities in Cannes.

The new report is intended to document the changes that have occurred in the global format trade over the last couple of years. Thus, the press conference focused on findings collected from five markets: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany and Argentina (based on data provided by TV research agency The WIT).

The Scandinavian region saw 67 international versions of its programming based on 27 original formats come to air during the 2006-2008 period. For Sweden, the number of foreign adaptations of its formats has more than doubled, from 18 to 42. Norway’s numbers remained consistent while Denmark’s declined from 17 to 14. The Swedish Expedition Robinson format saw 10 different versions produced in the time frame, while dance contest Floor Filler saw 240 episodes on foreign television.

Germany has also seen its formats exported in much greater number. In the two-year time period studied, at least 52 different productions in 20 territories were based on 23 German formats, with popular science magazine Galileo seeing more than 500 episodes in foreign territories, coming in behind game show Beat Your Host, daily soap Between Friends and scripted crime doc Lenssen & Partners.

Argentina, as the world’s fourth largest producer and exporter of TV content (according to data from the country’s national development agency ProsperAr), saw 59 different versions of 26 original Argentinean formats hit the world’s airwaves. Of those, quiz show El Legado, telenovela Montecristo and dating show 12 Corazones were the top three exported formats.

FRAPA was established in 2000 as an international format industry association dedicated to the protection of formats, and has resolved over 100 legal disputes through mediation in its nine-year history. The remainder of the new study is due to be revealed by this year’s MIPCOM. For more information on the preliminary findings, visit

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