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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
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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