Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?...How To Protect TV Format Rights

The X Factor, The Voice, Big Brother, The Weakest Link, The Apprentice, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? – when cultural commentators examine the television of the past ten years what is striking across the globe is the domination of prime time by shows conforming to particular formats.  Despite this, it is hard to define precisely what we mean by formats as they intersect different genres (music, sport, quiz, comedy, drama) and rely on different components to make them attractive to viewers.

Below I want to look at why successful formats are so valuable in the television industry before turning to the connected issue of their legal protection...

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