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Endemol launches legal proceedings against Banijay

Two global production powerhouses are due to face off against each other in court, according to reports.
July 22, 2010

Two global production powerhouses are due to face off against each other in court, according to reports. L’Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported earlier this week that Endemol has launched legal proceedings against Banijay Entertainment and its Paris-based production shingle ALJ Production over the latter’s recent format Dilemme, which just wrapped its run on French DTT network W9. Endemol alleges that Dilemme infringes on the copyright of its formats Loft Story (which premiered in France in 2001) and Secret Story. ALJ Production was launched by Alexia Laroche-Joubert, who, while with Endemol France, was part of the Loft Story production team. Le Figaro reported on the fracas last weekend with the AFP now adding that, according to sources, a hearing over the matter has to take place before the end of the year. The premise of Dilemme (or Dilemma), which premiered on W9 last May, is to bring a number of contestants together, house them in isolation from the outside world along with the series’ co-hosts, and present them with personal dilemmas through which they can either choose an outcome for personal gain, or a resolution that will benefit the entire group. Endemol and Banijay have both declined comment thus far.

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