CBS pursues The Amazing Race

Despite a pending lawsuit over copyright infringement initiated by Fox, CBS is moving ahead with its reality adventure series The Amazing Race.
March 28, 2001

CBS’ upcoming reality adventure series Global Adventure has a new name – The Amazing Race – but it remains at the center of a lawsuit with Fox. Last year, Fox Family Properties launched a copyright infringement suit against CBS, Touchstone Television Productions, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and Creative Artists Agency (CAA), claiming ownership of the idea behind the series. In November, Judge Takasugi ruled in favor of Fox on an application for a temporary restraining order, but now that the order has expired CBS is back in production.

When asked for comment, a CBS spokesperson offered the following statement: ‘Although the lawsuit is still pending, we do not expect it to impact the broadcast schedule of The Amazing Race or the race itself. CBS and Touchstone expect to prevail in the lawsuit.’

Fox attorney Carole Handler of L.A. law firm O’Donnell & Shaeffer says, ‘We still take the position, and we take it very strongly, that they would have no program had they not infringed Fox Family Channel’s intellectual property. As we set forth in the complaint, we intend to seek damages, including [the practice] under copyright law of measuring damages by their profits.’ A date for trial has not yet been set.

CBS’ The Amazing Race will show 11 couples competing in a series of mental and physical challenges as they move from one destination to another. The global trek could last up to 40 days, with the triumphant couple winning a US$1 million prize.

Handler confirms that Fox is no longer developing its adventure reality series.

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