Formats Core Group

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The Formats activities are open to all EBU Members. Its purpose is to bring together experts in numerous fields to network on various levels.

The main goals of these experts meetings are:
  • exchange in-depth information about programmes and trends and to evaluate joint format acquisition opportunities;
  • co-develop new formats;
  • trade PSB formats and find new models of collaboration (e.g. back-to-back production).
The EBU Format Core Group main tasks are:
  • guide the numerous format activities;
  • constantly adapt the format strategy to meet shared needs;
  • initiate co-development;
  • organize regular format workshops;
  • organize and set the agenda for the annual commissioners meeting;
  • organize and set the agenda for the annual EBU Creative Forum.

Target group

  • Heads of Development
  • Entertainment editors
  • Factual entertainment editors
  • Comedy editors
  • Commissioners for non-fiction programmes
  • Acquisition managers 
  • Programme planners 
  • Distribution managers

Meeting frequency

Once or twice a year

Related events

Formats Experts Group meeting
Rome, Italy, 02 Feb 2023
Media Days 2022
Geneva, Switzerland, 05 Oct 2022
Creative Forum 2021
29 Sep 2021
TV Factual Group Meeting
27 May 2021
Formats Exchange
26 Jan 2021
Creative Forum 2020
Switzerland, 24 Sep 2020
Creative Forum 2019
Rome, Italy, 24 Sep 2019

Group Members 


Panagiotis Trakaliaridis (ZDF)


Ray McCarthy (RTE)
Jan Egil Ådland (NRK)
Francesca Ricci (RAI)
Britta Lubeck (SVT)
Jenny Peeters (NPO)
Els Roovers (VRT)

Contact detail

Evelyn Sequeira
Project Manager