Format-Stealing Accusations for ABC

Aug 14, 2008  •  Post A Comment

A network executive has gone on record accusing ABC Studios of deliberately encouraging its showrunners and producers to steal international formats. Daily Variety is reporting David Lyle, president of Fox Reality Channel and committee member of the antipiracy organization Frapa, based his opinion on a leaked ABC Studios memo that, in essence, pressured producers to be even more critical when licensing their formats so as to help avoid costly international licensing fees. The memo, which surfaced in June, was signed by ABC Studios’ Executive VP Howard Davine.
—Christopher Perez


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