Judge Weighs Producer's Lawsuit Over 'Hijacked' DMV Reality Show

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Hedda Muskat says her career in entertainment was destroyed, claiming Ashton Kutcher''s production company and CAA ruined her television project. Television Reality TV Business CAA

Tori Spelling Reality Show Hit With Stolen-Idea Lawsuit

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A lawsuit claims their "Wedding Rescue" idea -- registered with the WGA in 2007 -- was "uncannily similar" to the 2011 reality series. Television Dean McDermott Tori Spelling Reality TV

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Tom Arnold Sues Australian Reality TV Network for Fraud

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Television Television THR OnlineThe actor says he's owed $140,000 for his performance on 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here' and a related comedy tour. read more. THR, Esq.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Sued for Requiring Permits on Augmented Reality Games

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Tech Television Tech Business THR OnlineCandy Lab AR alleges a First Amendment violation in the way the city responded to "Pokemon Go" mania. read more. THR, Esq.

Fox News Looks to Save Roger Ailes From Testifying in Reality Television Lawsuit

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The Business Television Business THR OnlineThe Fox News chief finds himself in the middle of a dispute over a show that was allegedly canceled upon the revelation that one of its main gay castmembers didn't have a legal relationship with supposedly adopted children. read more. THR, Esq.

Reality catches up to VH1 reality show

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By Eriq Gardner VH1 has announced it is postponing future airings of the reality show Megan Wants A Millionaire after contestant Ryan Jenkins was charged yesterday with murdering his ex-wife. Tags: Criminal Television Jenkins has not been located yet by police who suspect.

A Look At Donald Trump, Libel Defendant: "Perception Is Reality"

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Television Television Culture THR OnlineAt a court hearing this month that included multiple references to Nazi Germany, the Republican candidate aimed to throw out a lawsuit accusing him of bullying a female political operative. read more. THR, Esq.

Fox News Hit With $4.5 Million Lawsuit for Walking Away from Reality TV Show

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"Pawn Star" producer says it had a deal for the cable news channel's first reality TV series. The Business Television Business THR Onlineread more. THR, Esq.

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The REAL business of television. Don’t lose sight of what the product is.

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Caution: Harsh reality ahead. The other night, I was reading my Twitter feed, when I encountered this: I wish the business of television was less about “packaging & selling” a show and more about making a series you were passionate about. Television is a business.

LMNO Defends Keeping Commissioned Reality Show From Discovery

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The Business Television Business THR OnlineDiscovery wants a judge to order a hand-over of second season footage of '7 Little Johnstons.' read more. THR, Esq.

Discovery Looks to Settle Bitter Reality TV Dispute, But Show Stars Say, "Not So Fast"

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Business Television Business THR OnlineBill Klein and Dr. Jennifer Arnold, featured on TLC's "The Little Couple," seek a restraining order preventing producer LMNO from transferring intellectual property in the show. read more. THR, Esq.

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Claiming Widespread Theft of Reality Show Ideas

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Eriq Gardner Fox, NBC, and various top reality show producers beat a man alleging that the ideas behind many TV shows were lifted from his plan. Television Television Business

Judge Won't Let Two Reality TV Stars Stop Transfer of 'Little Couple' IP Rights

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Business Television Business THR OnlineBill Klein and Dr. Jennifer Arnold aren't likely to succeed on a claim that they're entitled to copyright in the show. The judge won't interfere with a settlement agreement between Discovery and LMNO. read more. THR, Esq.

Reality TV Show Under Investigation for Child Labor Laws

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Universal's Insurer Says Studio Ignoring Realities of Warfare in 21st Century

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Business Television Business THR Online InternationalThe production of a USA Network show was suspended due to Hamas rocket fire into Israel, and now comes a clash over the meaning of "war." read more. THR, Esq.

Fox News Network Details Bizarre Reality TV "Fraud" by 'Pawn Stars' Producers

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The Business Television Business THR OnlineCourt papers reveal why Fox Business backed away from a series about real estate. read more. THR, Esq.

Fox News Network Hit With $4.5 Million Lawsuit for Walking Away From Reality TV Show

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The producers of 'Pawn Stars' say they had a deal for Fox Business's first reality TV series. The Business Television Business THR Onlineread more. THR, Esq.

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Settlements Come in Lawsuits Over 'Quantico,' Ashton Kutcher DMV Reality Show

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Both disputes concerned the development of television productions. The Business Television Business THR Onlineread more. THR, Esq.

Discovery Beats Defamation Lawsuit Over Reality TV Star's Facebook Postings

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Business Television Business THR OnlineDual Survival's' Joe Teti was alleged to be acting as an agent for the network when he wrote that a former friend was "mentally ill." read more. THR, Esq.

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Judge Rules Reality Star's Contract Doesn't Bar Defamation Suit Against Discovery

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Business Television Business THR OnlineCody Lundin, former co-host of 'Dual Survival,' alleges that producers edited footage to falsely portray him in the final episode as mentally unstable. read more. THR, Esq.

'Bachelor' Spoiler Alert! How Reality Steve Still Gets Away With Ruining the Show

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Television Television THR Online The Bachelor The BacheloretteThe blogger, sued twice by producers and once busted for offering a contestant $2,500 to spill secrets, tells how he still manages to reveal winners thanks to his own winning strategy. read more. THR, Esq.

Reality show winner sues to claim prize

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By Eriq Gardner For one contestant on a reality show, the race to collect the grand prize hasn't stopped with the last episode. Tags: Litigation Television In a new lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Charmel Brown says she was the winner.

'Pawn Stars' Producers Claim Fox News Network Execs Outed Gay Man in Reality TV Lawsuit

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The Business Television Business THR OnlineWas the reason given to cancel a show really an attempt to save face with executives? read more. THR, Esq.

Israel's Legal War: Can Reality TV Shows Be Copyrighted?

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The Israelis are fighting back, saying that "Big Brother" borrowed its own format from "The Real World" and there's little originality in the reality TV genre. Television Television Business Big Brother InternationalEriq Gardner Endemol is suing an Israeli TV producer for infringing the format on "Big Brother." read more. THR, Esq.

'Bachelor' Producers Sue 'Reality Steve' Again Over New Spoilers (Exclusive)

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"Bachelor" producers sue "Reality Steve" for a second time after he agreed last year to refrain from contacting personnel on the series. Television Tech

NBCU, Syfy Sued Over Skull Design in 'Dream Machines'

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Another cable reality show hit with a claim from an artist over alleged copyright infringement. Television Television Tech Business NBCUniversal SyFy Reality TVread more. THR, Esq.

Ryan Seacrest Co. Looks to Dismiss Janice Dickinson's Lawsuit Over Reality Show Cameo

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Business Television Style Business THR OnlineThe supermodel has brought Lanham Act claims against producers of "Shahs of Sunset" for filming her without knowledge and consent and supposedly fabricating a controversy. read more. THR, Esq.

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Hard Rock sues over 'offensive' Vegas reality show

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By Eriq Gardner Can a raunchy reality TV show tarnish the brand of a rock-n-roll themed restaurant chain? Tags: Litigation Television Trademark The Hard Rock Cafe owner is claiming in a new lawsuit that a TruTV series set at the Hard Rock Hotel &.

Viacom Demands Money For Producing Reality Star's Acne Advertisement

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Television Television Business Viacom Whitney PortEriq Gardner Defendant Zeno Corporation has been using Whitney Port from "The Hills" to hawk zit treatments. read more. THR, Esq.

Why New York's Reality TV Industry Needs a Reality-Based Code of Conduct

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Television Business Writing in a guest column, a NYC councilmember makes a plea for unscripted TV''s writer-producers. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq.

'Reality Steve' Pleads First Amendment in Lawsuit Over 'Bachelor' Spoilers

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The blogger says that it is NZK Productions and Horizon Alternative Television not following the protocol of an agreement concerning contact with people affiliated with the popular ABC series. Television Business

Charlie Sheen Sued for Allegedly Interfering With Reality Show

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Matthew Belloni The fired "Two and a Half Men" actor has been sued by a man who claims Sheen and his family shot down a planned reality series starring estranged Sheen uncle Joe Estevez. Television Television Charlie Sheen Two and a Half Menread more. THR, Esq.

A Minor Consideration: Reality TV and Child Stars

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I’m as big a Jon and Kate fan as the next reality television voyeur viewer, but watching this season is just painful. Unlike California, which treats reality television actors like traditional stage actors, Pennsylvania does not.

Ashton Kutcher Production Company Sues DMV for Backing Out of Reality Series

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Television Television Ashton KutcherIn a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Katalyst claims it is owed at least $1.44 million in damages for breach of contract. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

Ryan Seacrest, Bravo Sued By Unhappy Participant in New 'Shahs of Sunset' Reality Show

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Television Television Ryan SeacrestMatthew Belloni Kathy Salem claims her top was almost ripped off and a cup of water was thrown in face to manufacture drama. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

Inside the Octomom reality show contract

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CBS Gets Revenge on ABC by Revealing New 'Dancing on the Stars' Reality Show

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Television Television Business ABC CBS Big Brother Dancing with the StarsAfter losing a legal motion to stop "The Glass House," CBS jokes that moderately famous contestants will soon dance on the graves of Hollywood icons. read more. THR, Esq.

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U.N. agency to mediate reality show idea theft cases

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By Eriq Gardner The United Nations is getting into reality television. The World Intellectual Property Organization, an agency of the U.N., is launching new alternative dispute resolution services for those who feel they've come up with the idea of a.

Laird Hamilton, Gabrielle Reece Sued After Backing Out of Reality Series

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Television Television THR OnlineGabrielle Reece's gig as host of NBC's 'Strong' violates her contract with another production company, the lawsuit claims. read more. THR, Esq.

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Viacom Faulted in Lawsuit for Not Protecting Rapper From Reality TV Contestant

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Business Television Music Business THR OnlineFacing a $7.1 million jury verdict for assaulting a woman, The Game points to an allegedly faulty background check. read more. THR, Esq.

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Reality TV Helicopter Crash Prompts Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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Television Business The suit charges the death of cameraman Darren Rydstrom was the result of negligence by the aircraft''s pilot, its owner and the producers of the Discovery Channel show. read more. Discovery Channel THR, Esq.

CBS Sues ABC Over 'Big Brother'-Type Reality Show 'Glass House'

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Television Television CBSMatthew Belloni UPDATED: The lawsuit follows a legal threat last week that the new show is 'strikingly similar' to the long-running CBS hit read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

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'Bachelor' Producers Settle Lawsuit with Spoiler Website 'Reality Steve'

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Television Television The BachelorThe website will "have no further contact whatsoever with any of the cast, crew or employees of 'The Bachelor,' " Warner Bros. tells THR. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.