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Strictly come formatting: The Managing IP guide to protecting TV formats

Emma Barraclough, London

The BBC is taking legal action in Italy to prevent a rival version of its hit show Strictly Come Dancing from being shown by Silvio Berlusconi’s television network Mediaset

BBC Worldwide said the show has now been licensed to 35 broadcasters around the world, including Italy’s public broadcaster, Rai.

The format licensing industry is worth millions of dollars around the world as TV production companies package and export...

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