another producer sues Next Great Champ just as Burnett says he regrets filing suit.

another producer sues Next Great Champ just as Burnett says he regrets filing suit.
“Knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t have bothered [with the suit], I guess. But at the time, you feel like you’ve got to assert your rights,” Mark Burnett told reporters on Tuesday. He’s talking about his and DreamWorks’ legal action against FOX’s The Next Great Champ; they lost an initial court battle to try to keep FOX’s show from airing. But now, Oscar De La Hoya’s show has a new contender: “an independent film and television producer who’s suing him for allegedly ripping off her idea for his new pugilistic reality series on Fox.” E! Online reports that “Leigh Ann Burton alleges she came up with the idea for a reality show chronicling a group of unknown boxers and their significant others as they undergo rigorous training and compete in a series of elimination-style challenges, with the ultimate victor winning a shot at a Las Vegas prize fight.” She says she approached and met with Golden Boy Productions last fall about a boxing show, but talks between the two parties eventually fell through.

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