U.K. leads format business

Netherlands, U.S. take 21% each

LONDON — Blighty continues to dominate the global market in TV formats — but mainland Europe and the U.S. are catching up.

The U.K.’s share of the market was 33% for the first nine months of 2007, according to research by FremantleMedia, whose international bestsellers include the “Idols” franchise, “The Price Is Right” and “X-Factor.”

The U.S. and the Netherlands were the next biggest players in the format sales biz — each responsible for a 21% share of the market.

This was down to shows like Fox’s “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” and Endemol’s “Deal or No Deal.”

Blighty’s share of this highly lucrative business, reckoned to be worth $4 billion in Europe alone last year, has dropped in recent years.

In 2006, it stood at 43%, compared with 50% two years ago.

Renewed demand for game shows is helping drive the business in the U.S. and the Netherlands as the past year has seen a 30% increase in the number of new gameshow titles at the main TV markets, said Fremantle, owned by pan-European media giant RTL.

This was in sharp contrast to scripted drama formats, where demand fell by almost 20%.

The most successful new format of the year was Fox’s “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?,” which airs in the U.K. as “Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old” on Sky One.

The show launched in 22 territories in a mere eight months — one of the fastest ever international roll outs and further evidence of the speed at which hit shows now transfer across global markets.

More TV

  • ABC Panel - Roseanne

    Roseanne Barr Talks ABC Firing in Emotional Interview: 'I Definitely Feel Remorse'

    LONDON — Blighty continues to dominate the global market in TV formats — but mainland Europe and the U.S. are catching up. The U.K.’s share of the market was 33% for the first nine months of 2007, according to research by FremantleMedia, whose international bestsellers include the “Idols” franchise, “The Price Is Right” and “X-Factor.” […]

  • Univision logo

    Univision, Dish Spar Over Potential Blackout as Contract Deadline Looms

    LONDON — Blighty continues to dominate the global market in TV formats — but mainland Europe and the U.S. are catching up. The U.K.’s share of the market was 33% for the first nine months of 2007, according to research by FremantleMedia, whose international bestsellers include the “Idols” franchise, “The Price Is Right” and “X-Factor.” […]

  • DISNEY CHANNEL PRESENTS THE 2018 RADIO

    Janet Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood Honored at Radio Disney Music Awards

    LONDON — Blighty continues to dominate the global market in TV formats — but mainland Europe and the U.S. are catching up. The U.K.’s share of the market was 33% for the first nine months of 2007, according to research by FremantleMedia, whose international bestsellers include the “Idols” franchise, “The Price Is Right” and “X-Factor.” […]

  • Harry Kane of England celebrates scoring

    World Cup Live-Stream: How to Watch England vs. Panama

    LONDON — Blighty continues to dominate the global market in TV formats — but mainland Europe and the U.S. are catching up. The U.K.’s share of the market was 33% for the first nine months of 2007, according to research by FremantleMedia, whose international bestsellers include the “Idols” franchise, “The Price Is Right” and “X-Factor.” […]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    'Portlandia': Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Pick Their Proudest Musical Moments

    LONDON — Blighty continues to dominate the global market in TV formats — but mainland Europe and the U.S. are catching up. The U.K.’s share of the market was 33% for the first nine months of 2007, according to research by FremantleMedia, whose international bestsellers include the “Idols” franchise, “The Price Is Right” and “X-Factor.” […]

  • NANTUCKET, MA - JUNE 23: (L-R)

    How Long Will TV and Film's Boom Market for Female Stories Last?

    LONDON — Blighty continues to dominate the global market in TV formats — but mainland Europe and the U.S. are catching up. The U.K.’s share of the market was 33% for the first nine months of 2007, according to research by FremantleMedia, whose international bestsellers include the “Idols” franchise, “The Price Is Right” and “X-Factor.” […]

  • Actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie

    'Game of Thrones' Stars Rose Leslie and Kit Harington Married in Scotland

    LONDON — Blighty continues to dominate the global market in TV formats — but mainland Europe and the U.S. are catching up. The U.K.’s share of the market was 33% for the first nine months of 2007, according to research by FremantleMedia, whose international bestsellers include the “Idols” franchise, “The Price Is Right” and “X-Factor.” […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content