“reality producers said they feared the business was at risk because of the rampant pocket picking.”
“reality producers said they feared the business was at risk because of” theft.
Theft of show concepts between networks has become almost as common as . But the situation might be hurting the genre. According to The New York Times, “reality producers said they feared the business was at risk because of the rampant pocket picking.” The paper reports those “producers charged Fox with setting the standard for ripping off reality ideas.” Mark Burnett says, “It’s totally lawless. The judges aren’t really judges” and says, “It’s just very, very competitive. Do I sound like I’m happy? I’m obviously not happy.” He’s not happy now because FOX took his idea for a boxing series and will now likely air its version before his NBC version debuts. Last week, he and partner Jeffrey Katzenberg met with FOX’s Peter Chernin and Gail Berman last week, and he says “[i]t was a tough meeting. Anyone wandering into that restaurant would have witnessed quite an animated discussion.” Burnett says he’s not likely to sue: “The courts are loathe to do anything about this.” Instead, he says, “The best thing to do with Fox is get even” by producing a better show.