RDF International (RDFI), the distribution arm of indie RDF Media, is considering legal action against German broadcaster RTL2 amid concerns that it has copied its Wife Swap format, writes Penny Hughes.
RTL2 launched Frauentausch - effectively "wife swap" in German - on 14 July. The format is almost identical to RDF's Wife Swap, in which the female halves of two couples swap houses, and lives, for two weeks.The move to consider legal action follows a letter sent to RTL2 by RDFI - ahead of transmission of Frauentausch - after RDF executives found out about the show on the broadcaster's website. However, RTL2 wrote back denying the show was a copy of the RDF format which ran on Channel 4 last autumn.RDFI managing director Matthew Frank said: "It's outrageous that RTL2 has so blatantly copied our show. I've seen the tapes. It's not even a copycat show, it's exactly the same."RDF Media has sold the Wife Swap format rights in Germany to local producer Tresor TV, which is currently making the series for rival broadcaster RTL.RTL2 refused to comment.