Amsterdam-headquartered FRAPA – the Format Recognition and Protection Association – has added three senior execs to its board.
FRAPA’s key missions include registering format proposals, providing consultation in disputes arising out of claims of format plagiarism, creating guidelines for fair competition, and educating the industry and the law regarding the protection of formats. The new additions will bring decades of additional experience to the org.
Stern serves as EVP of commercial and business affairs for Fremantle, where he manages the commercial and legal aspects of international format acquisitions and the roll-out of new brands. Since joining the company in 2000, he has managed hugely successful format franchises, including Idols, Got Talent, The X Factor and The Masked Singer.
Rossi Spencer (pictured right) is head of format acquisitions for Banijay. She is responsible for identifying and acquiring unscripted formats and driving them out across the group’s in-house labels. The company’s catalog includes hits such as Temptation Island, MasterChef, Survivor and Big Brother.
With more than 15 years of formats experience, Smith (left) serves as EVP of formats at All3Media International. He was part of the team that created Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing with the Stars), and oversees a catalog that features hits such as Kitchen Nightmares, Cash Cab and Undercover Boss.
FRAPA co-chair Jan Salling (who is also head of BBC Studios Nordics Productions) noted in a statement: “An association like FRAPA lives and dies on the quality of its board members — and executive quality doesn’t come much better than Tony, Carlotta and Nick. All three bring years of frontline experience of the global format industry to our mission, which remains as important today as it was when FRAPA was founded back in 2000: to ensure that the grassroots creativity that drives our industry is protected and respected by all.”