Ute Biernat, CEO of Grundy Light Entertainment, is stepping down from her post as chair of the Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA) in January, with Absolutely Independent founder and CEO Patty Geneste moving into the position.
The announcement was made last night at the C21/FRAPA Format Awards, held annually during MIPCOM.
Biernat, who will remain on the FRAPA board, held the post of chair for seven years, and during her tenure, the agency has established a new mediation service with UN agency WIPO, and has expanded its suite of online offerings for members, including price calculator to its redesigned website, and format bible and contract generator tools. In addition to the annual awards ceremony, the organization has also published several comprehensive surveys regarding the global format industry.
“I will look back with great affection – and satisfaction – at my seven years as chair of FRAPA,” said Biernat in a statement. “FRAPA is a unique organization 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.”
“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,” said Geneste. “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.”
Winners at the C21/FRAPA Awards ceremony included BBC Worldwide’s Lovetown, named best factual entertainment format; Your Face Sounds Familiar from Endemol, named best competition reality format; Money From Strangers from All3Media International, voted best comedy format; Endemol’s The Bank Job, named best studio-based game show format; Fashion Star from Electus International, named best brand-driven format; Small World IFT’s The Kitchen Musical, named best scripted format; and Who’s In, Who’s Out from Sony Pictures Television, named best multi-platform format.