The Format People take the helm at MIPFormats

 

GENRE EXPERTS TO BRING FRESH APPROACH TO 2020 EVENT

Paris, 10 January 2020 – International formats consultancy group The Format People have been appointed to curate the MIPFormats event in 2020, it was announced today.

MIPFormats is an international showcase for the very best in global [entertainment and factual entertainment] formats. Taking place over the weekend of 28-29 March 2020, ahead of MIPTV, it is the number one event for the formats community with the largest gathering of the world’s leading producers, creators, commissioners, buyers and distributors.

The Format People, established in 2009 by CEO Michel Rodrigue and CCO Justin Scroggie, are already working with organisers Reed MIDEM to bring a fresh look to the schedule and new faces to the podium, in line with the ambition to ‘re-imagine’ the weekend-long event in Cannes in March.

“The formats business continues to evolve and disrupt,” says Michel Rodrigue. “It is essential we find new ways to talk about our industry, and new voices to reflect the changing demographic of content creators and viewers. We are excited Reed MIDEM have given The Format People the opportunity to make this happen.”

“Ideas remain at the heart of our industry”, says Justin Scroggie. “The challenge for today’s format creators is to develop original content that uses the form and function of new technology to deliver compelling narratives that repurpose genres, drive the action, tell a story and find an audience. MIPFormats 2020 will help delegates do both.”

Lucy Smith, Deputy Director of Reed MIDEM’s TV Division says: “Successfully translating global content for local audiences is the lifeblood of the international TV industry and is why formats play such a prominent role at all our international markets.  Michel and Justin’s expertise and involvement in MIPFormats will bring new thinking, new faces and a fresh focus on this fast-growing genre.  MIPTV is the biggest calendar event for producers and buyers of formats and we have underlined our commitment to them this year with the introduction of a brand new programme extended into the week with formats showcases offering an exclusive first look at the next generation of breakthrough shows, a curated list of proven talented and innovative new format producers from all over the world, and  ‘matching sessions’ offering a unique opportunity to meet new partners and unlock business opportunities in key markets.”

About The Format People: The Format People was founded in 2009 by Justin Scroggie and Michel Rodrigue. Over 10 years the Group has grown into a worldwide consultancy practice of like-minded industry professionals – people we like, admire, trust and enjoy working with – with a vast range of complementary skills and experience in the TV and formats business. Services we offer include format creation, development and doctoring; purchase, sales and distribution strategy; ground-up network infrastructure, up-skilling, original studio design, network brand identity, and programming; in-house training and workshops; international market and conference development and implementation. www.theformatpeople.com

About MIPFormats:The discovery showcase for the global formats community, MIPFormats takes place in Cannes, France on 28 & 29 March 2020, ahead of the MIPTV (30 March-2 April, Cannes, France) the Global Content Market for the Future.  MIPFormats is the incubator for the very best in entertainment formats: the next wave of must-see non-scripted formats and of creative business solutions.
MIPTV is the largest gathering of the world’s leading producers, creators, commissioners, buyers and distributors serving the needs of the distribution market today and helping the content industry to prepare for the future. An enriched market experience in 2020 will connect people in new ways and presenting fresh content along with exclusive market intelligence alongside a redesigned exhibition experience.

About Reed MIDEM: Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is an organiser of professional, international markets that are essential business platforms for key players in the sectors concerned. These sectors are MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, MIPJUNIOR in Cannes, MIP China in Hangzhou and MIP Cancun in Mexico for the television and digital content industries; MIDEM in Cannes for music professionals; Esports BAR in Cannes and in Miami for the esports business; MIPIM in Cannes, MIPIM UK in London, MIPIM Asia Summit in Hong Kong, MIPIM PropTech Summit in New York, MIPIM PropTech Europe in Paris for the tech and real estate industry; MAPIC in Cannes, MAPIC Russia in Moscow, MAPIC Italy and MAPIC Food & Beverage in Milan, and MAPIC India in Mumbai for the retail real estate sector. www.reedmidem.com

 

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Michel hosts “Reformatting for the New World” at ATF

 

Addressing the Challenges & Opportunities of the new media landscape

Singapore:  Michel Rodrigue, CEO & Partner of TFP, chairs a fascinating ATF discussion about the future of formats in the new media landscape, with iQIYI SVP William Chan, ITV Executive VP Mike Beale, all3media Executive VP Asia Pacific Sabrina Duguet, and senior industry consultant Vivian Yin.

The formats business is based on the principle that formats travel through an individual license issued by a distributor to a territory. But this principle is being disrupted by the new streamers on the block, who not only want to change the terms of trade, but also work on a different model of broadcast that reaches many different territories at once. So how should the industry respond? This panel of experts addresses the challenges and opportunities faced by creators and producers, as they seek to develop content suited to new audiences and new platforms, as well as by distributors, as they seek to formulate new business models that preserve the formats industry in a streaming world.

 

 

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TFP co-presents FORMATS 2020

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TFP hit MIPCOM with new formats

THE FORMAT PEOPLE ARRIVE IN CANNES WITH A RAFT OF NEW FORMATS

October 2019:  CEO Michel Rodrigue and CCO Justin Scroggie of consultancy group The Format People, are in Cannes this week to present a raft of new formats to the international television industry.

The new slate contains a range of genres, including reality, survival and arts competitions, but the big focus this year is on game shows.

Justin Scroggie said:

“We have spent the last 12 months developing a raft of new formats, with particular attention to the studio game show genre, which our research shows is what many buyers are looking for – and not finding. Game shows are some of the trickiest formats to create, as you start with no story, no characters, no plot. You have to build a strong narrative to drive the action, emotional format beats that deliver drama, and an internal logic to the whole thing that satisfies viewers. And that’s we can do.”

As well as developing formats internally, TFP consult with broadcasters and producers globally to help develop their formats and bring them onto the world’s stage.  TFP also organise high-level formats training, and have a raft of trainers who are all senior professionals active in TV around the world.

 

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TFP in London for major pitches

THE FORMAT PEOPLE IN LONDON FOR PITCHES TO MAJOR DISTRIBUTORS, PRODUCERS

London October 2109:

The Format People are in London this week to present a raft of new formats to distributors and producers in advance of MIPCOM next week.

Meetings have been arranged with NBCU, Warners Bros, Sony Entertainment and the Motion Content group among others.

CEO Michel Rodrigue said:

“We are pleased that our reputation and track record allows us to present our new formats to major players in the TV formats industry.  We are not only looking for partners to bring our creative output to the screen, but the right partners, with the global range and experience to deliver shows that will travel.”

CCO Justin Scroggie said:

“We have spent the last 12 months developing a raft of new formats, with particular attention to the studio game show genre, which our research shows is what many buyers are looking for – and not finding.  Game shows are some of the trickiest formats to create, as you start with no story, no characters, no plot.  You have to build a strong narrative to drive the action, emotional format beats that deliver drama, and an internal logic to the whole thing that satisfies viewers.  And that’s we can do.”

 

 

 

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Michel Rodrigue hosts ATF Formats Pitch 2019

 

TFP CEO & Partner Michel Rodrigue hosted this year’s Formats Pitch competition at the Asian Television Forum in Singapore in December.

The ATF Formats Pitch is the premier formats pitching competition for creators and producers of new and original, unscripted (non-fiction) entertainment formats. This is a platform to flaunt the best of Asia and expose ideas for development and export within the region, and the world.

The winner, Gamaliel Paulus S., received a cheque for S$3,500  to develop his quiz show DON’T BLOCK THE NUMBERS.

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Michel,  CEO & Partner of The Format People said:

“We have been working in Asia since we founded our consultancy, training many of today’s leaders in formatting – in China, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia and Mongolia among others.  It is wonderful to see the flowering of talent in Asia, and the success of Asian formats spreading across the world.”

This year’s final selection panel were: Mike Beale, EVP, ITV Studios (UK); Vivian Yin, consultant; Ilan Astrug, Head Format Acquisition, Warner Bros Int’l TV Productions; Sonia Flack, CEO, Bomanbridge (Singapore); and Nomin Chinbat, CEO, Mongol TV (Mongolia).

The pre-selection panel were: Justin Scroggie, CCO & Partner, The Format People; Sylvia Kocman, Manager, Distribution; and David Bodycombe, Managing Director, Labyrinth Games.

 

 

 

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CHEF IN YOUR EAR Mongolia Season 4 launches

CHEF IN YOUR EAR MONGOLIA – SEASON 4 TO LAUNCH

The FOURTH season of The Mongolian adaptation of our hit format “Chef in your Ear”, launched November 23 2019 on prime time NTV.

Hosted by director and screenwriter A.Miyegombo, the series features a mix of ordinary people and celebrities, as well as top Mongolian chefs including G.Tengis, Sh.Erdenekhuu, P.Ganbat, B.Ariunbileg, G.Temulun and G.Mungundolgio.

 

 

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OYE AL CHEF! returns for a second season!

OYE AL CHEF! returns to Mexican screens for a second season!

June 2019:  The Mexican adaptation of our hit format “Chef In Your Ear” returns for a second season this month.

Carlos Arenas returns as host, and the series will feature a selection of renowned chefs including  Aquiles Chávez, Josefina Santacruz and Maritere Ramírez return, and the talented Ricardo Muñoz Zurita, Salvador “El Gallo” Orozco, Diego Niño, Mariano Torre Hütt, Abel Hernández, José Manuel Baños, Nico Martín del Campo, Atzín Santos, Yerika Muñoz and Rodrigo Carrasco, Linda Cherem, Natalia Delgado and Ingrid Ramos.

This series will also feature celebrity contestants or ‘novices’ in the kitchen.

In each episode, two rival chefs are challenged to deliver a restaurant-quality dish in just one hour, to be judged by a food critic.  However, neither is allowed into the kitchen, and each must direct a complete cooking novice to prepare, cook and plate their dish, using only an earpiece.

“Oye Al Chef!” Is a co-production between broadcasters Imagen Television and Discovery Home & Health.  The format is distributed by Warner Bros International Television Production.

 

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