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OU on the BBC: The Bottom Line – Pop Idol and Big Brother

Updated Thursday 13th February 2014

Evan Davis and guests discuss the business of selling TV formats around the world.

Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole Creative commons image Icon Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole during filming of the London auditions for the seventh series of The X Factor. under Creative-Commons license Simon Cowell, king of the TV franchise In The Bottom Line, Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters.

Successful TV formats like Big Brother, Pop Idol, X-Factor and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire are sold and broadcast all round the world, netting their creators billions of pounds.

But how can you protect such a valuable asset? And are too many copycat versions saturating the market and crushing original ideas?

Evan Davis finds out from those at the top of the lucrative global industry of TV formats.

On the programme this week are:

  • Charlie Parsons, Creator of Survivor and CEO, Castaway Television Productions
  • Louise Pedersen, Managing Director, all3media international
  • Ricardo Pereira, TV Globo Director for Europe

Listen to The Bottom Line

You can listen to this episode of The Bottom Line on Thursday 13 February at 8:30pm on BBC Radio 4. More information about the episode, details of when it is repeated, and a link to listen again will be available on the BBC website.


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