Related: content - form - formula - genre - style
In genre theory, the term format is encountered in the contexts of radio format and TV Program format, where it means a recognizable style and mode of marketing and consumption. [Apr 2006]
- A plan for the organization and arrangement of a specified production.
- The material form or layout of a publication.
TV Program format
License to produce and to broadcast a national version of a copyrighted foreign TV program and to use its name. An extremely vivid tendency in popular television of the past years. The resulting programs are sometimes called formats.
The popularity is due notably to:
- the huge cost savings associated with avoiding the risk of inventing something original
- the illusion for national audiences of watching a successful local production
One example would be Coupling, the BBC TV series adapted (unsuccessfully) by NBC in 2003.
Another would be the BigBrother reality program that has proven successful worldwide. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_Program_format [Dec 2004]
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