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Abot Hameiri, Banijay Group settle format dispute

FremantleMedia-owned prodco Abot Hameiri and Banijay Group have resolved the legal dispute stemming from allegations of breach of confidence and copyright infringement. On Nov. 7, the Israeli prodco filed a claim ...
March 30, 2017

FremantleMedia-owned prodco Abot Hameiri and Banijay Group have resolved the legal dispute stemming from allegations of breach of confidence and copyright infringement.

On Nov. 7, the Israeli prodco filed a claim in the High Court in London, England alleging that Banijay’s interactive game show, All Against 1 (pictured), is based on Abot’s format The Best of All.

Today (March 30), the two organizations settled their legal differences by acknowledging that Banijay’s All Against 1 and Abot Hameiri’s The Best of All are original and separate formats.

“The legal dispute between the parties has been resolved. Abot Hameiri and Banijay have acknowledged and agreed that Banijay’s All Against 1 and Abot Hameiri’s Best of All are original formats which can coexist independently,” reads a joint statement provided to realscreen.

“Banijay and Abot Hameiri each look forward to bringing their distinctive and successful shows to further markets in the near future,” it continues.

The legal dispute first began public during the MIPCOM market in Cannes, France in October 2016 when a lawyer for Abot accused Banijay of poaching Against All 1 from an idea the company pitched in 2014.

Jonathan Coad, lawyer for Abot Hameiri, told realscreen in a November email exchange that the £40,000 figure identified in the claim form is the estimated net profit to Banijay Nordisk for the sale of All Against 1 to Danish pubcaster DR1, which aired the 60-minute format earlier this year and recently greenlit a second season.

Banijay later countered that the concept sprang from its King of Chess¬†format, which was originally developed for TV2′s Format Lab in 2013. It was later presented to Norway’s public broadcaster NRK and aired in November 2014.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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