International production volume generated by traded TV formats has grown to € 9.3 billion!

FRAPA, The Format Recognition and Protection Association, publishes the international FRAPA Report 2009 - TV Formats to the World, analyzing the TV format business worldwide.

Cannes, October 7, 2009. The international trade association FRAPA presented yesterday at MIPCOM the new Report "FRAPA Report 2009 - TV Formats to the World", compiled in association with the global TV research agency The WIT and TV Sisters, a journalistic office that provides international programme research. 14 countries (Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Spain, UK, USA and three Nordic countries, Denmark, Norway and Sweden) comprise the focus of the report.

Formats like "Deal or No Deal", "Hole in the Wall" and "Lalola" travel around the world inspiring millions of people. 445 original formats found their way to foreign countries from 2006 to 2008. The number nearly doubled from the first report made on behalf of FRAPA, which analysed the formats traded from 2002 to 2004.

The production volume generated by traded formats has grown to €9.3 billion for the years 2006 to 2008. This is an enormous increase of 45 % in comparison to the first report.

Ute Biernat, Chairman of FRAPA and CEO of GRUNDY Light Entertainment: "We very proudly present the impressive results of the new FRAPA Report. Once more it shows the impact of the format business on the media industry and the relevance of the protection of format rights, which becomes more and more obvious."

If you would like to order the report, please visit the FRAPA Website www.frapa.org.

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