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Contender producer says “Fox never had this idea”; exec asks, “What is original?”

href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/29/arts/television/29FOX.html”>Contender producer says “Fox never had this idea”; exec asks, “What is original?” One of the producers of NBC’s The Contender says that FOX blatantly ripped off his idea when they created their own boxing show: “I’ve been working on the idea for ‘The Contender’ for close to five years. I can tell you that …

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sponsorships for The Contender costs around $8 to 10 million per episode.

sponsorships for The Contender costs around $8 to 10 million per episode. It may be the most expensive reality series ever produced at $2 million an episode, but The Contender will easily recoup its costs. Television Week reports that “Toyota Motor Corp. and Nike are close to major deals” for sponsorships that are “priced at …

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Contender casting, will air midseason on Tuesdays opposite American Idol.

Contender casting, will air midseason on Tuesdays opposite American Idol. NBC’s forthcoming Mark Burnett boxing reality series, The Contender, “will be a midseason entry on Tuesday nights–facing off its time slot against Fox’s biggest show, American Idol,” the AP reports. Open casting calls continue today, Wednesday, and Thursday in New York City, and then move …

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Stallone sues MGM over Rocky series.

Stallone sues MGM over Rocky series. The Contender star Sylvester Stallone is suing MGM over its plans for a Rocky-related reality TV show. He “has sued MGM and other producers of the planned boxing reality TV show The Real Rocky for allegedly improperly associating the project with Stallone’s ‘Rocky’ character,” Variety reports. Stallone created the …

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De La Hoya rejected The Contender because it’s a “tough-man contest.”

De La Hoya rejected The Contender because it’s a “tough-man contest.” Oscar De La Hoya turned down NBC and Mark Burnett’s offer to star in The Contender, and then turned around and created a similar show, The Next Great Champ, which originally turned down Burnett’s show. De La Hoya says he rejected The Contender because …

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Sugar Ray Leonard joins Contender team, while MGM shops Rocky series.

Sugar Ray Leonard joins Contender team, while MGM shops Rocky series. Boxing may soon take over home makeover shows as the most overexposed reality TV subject. Sugar Ray Leonard is joining Sylvester Stallone and The Contender team. Producer Mark Burnett says “aspiring contenders will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to train with and …

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at $2 million an episode, The Contender is the most expensive reality series ever.

at $2 million an episode, The Contender is the most expensive reality series ever. NBC will cough up $2 million per episode for Mark Burnett, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Sylvester Stallone’s The Contender, making it the most expensive new reality TV show ever produced. An anonymous NBC exec tells the LA Times that with Burnett’s “track …

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