Understanding the Global TV Format
Distributed for Intellect Ltd
But what exactly is a format? After all, programs have been copied and imitated since the beginnings of broadcasting. In this, the first book in the English language to systematically deal with the subject, Albert Moran and Justin Malbon provide a valuable guide to the institutional, cultural and legal dimensions of the format. Now widely referred to although equally often misunderstood, the TV format is a commodity of production, finance, distribution, broadcasting and marketing knowledges, that is facilitating the international reconfiguration of program making.
Understanding the Global TV Format thus addresses the different stages and issues of the business. It tracks the steps whereby formats are devised, developed and distributed. Major companies are profiled as are the international markets and festivals at which trade occurs. However, there is also a great deal of piracy taking place so that the book is concerned with the control and regulation of format remaking. Legal protection is often both the first and last recourse of parties and the authors examine the relevance of laws relating to such matters as copyright and contract.
2. Understanding the TV programme format
3. Devising a format
4. Format development
5. Distributing formats
6. Agents and markets
8. Self-regulation and self-understanding
9. The law regarding TV formats
(i) Further sources
(ii) ‘So, you want to create a game show?’
(iii) Endemol Interactive Proposal Form
(iv) Format companies (by region and country)