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ABC slams CBS over efforts to shatter “Glass House”

U.S. broadcaster ABC has accused rival net CBS of attempting to "stifle competition and creativity," after the Eye network filed for a temporary restraining order in a bid to prevent the launch of ABC's forthcoming reality series The Glass House.
June 8, 2012

U.S. broadcaster ABC has accused rival net CBS of attempting to “stifle competition and creativity,” after the Eye network filed for a temporary restraining order in a bid to prevent the launch of ABC’s forthcoming reality series The Glass House.

As reported last month, The Glass House will bring 14 contestants together in a wired, state-of-the-art house, competing for a prize of a quarter of a million dollars. ABC recently announced the cast for the show online.

The series is executive produced by Kenny Rosen (Hell’s Kitchen and Big Brother) and set to launch on June 18. However, CBS’s petition could stymie the launch.

The Eye network feels that the show too closely resembles its own Big Brother series, and filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against ABC, Disney and several former Big Brother producers, citing copyright infringement, trade-secret misappropriation, unfair competition, breach of contract and conspiracy among other claims.

CBS’s lawsuit accuses The Glass House of being “a carbon copy” of Big Brother, and says at least 19 former producers and staff from Big Brother are working on the new show.

ABC, meanwhile, has countered that Glass House has “fundamental and obvious” differences from the Big Brother format, including “interactive elements,” “audience participation” and “deployment of cutting edge technologies.”

In a statement issued yesterday, ABC said of the latest injunction attempt: “This is a naked attempt by CBS to stifle competition and creativity by claiming that reality techniques that have been developed over many years, on many shows by countless producers, are somehow exclusive to CBS.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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