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The Format Age: Book launch and discussion





Location: Northampton Suite. Entrance via Northampton Square (venue has been changed since original publicity)

Panel discussion on TV formats to launch a new book by Jean Chalaby - The Format Age.

Few trends have had as much impact on television as formats have in recent years. Long confined to the fringes of the TV industry, they have risen to prominence since the late 1990s. Today, they are a global business with hundreds of programmes adapted across the world at any one time, from mundane game shows to blockbuster talent competitions, from factual entertainment to high-end drama. Based on exclusive industry access, this book provides an in-depth analysis of the complex world of the TV format from its origins to present day.


Sir Peter Bazalgette is a pioneering TV producer who helped establish the independent TV production sector and went on to become Chief Creative Officer at Endemol. He is currently Chair of Arts Council England

Tim Hincks became CEO of Endemol in 2008 and helped the company become one of the largest independent producers in the country. He is currently President of Endemol Shine Group.

Stephen Lambert is one of Britain’s best-known creative television executives. His programmes, from Wife Swap to Gogglebox, have won many international awards. Prior to launching Studio Lambert  in 2008, he was Chief Creative Officer of the RDF Media Group.

Andrea Wong
, was Vice President of Alternative Programming at ABC between 1998 and 2007, and is currently President of International Production, Sony Pictures Television, and President of International, Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Professor Jean Chalaby (author) joined City University London in 2000, following a PhD in Sociology at the London School of Economics and a post-doctoral fellowship funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.His research focuses on international communication and global media, and he has published five books and in excess of 60 articles and book chapters. He was Head of Department (Sociology) between 2012 and 2014 and is a visiting professor at the University of Geneva’s Global Studies Institute.

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6.30pm - 8.00pmWednesday 3rd February 2016

City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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