Three television producers, Charles W. Malcolm, Jake P. Hall, and Denny O'Neil Jr., have filed a lawsuit with the Los Angeles Superior Court against Tori and Dean's Life in a Bowl Productions, Oxygen Media, and two other production companies.
They're asking for $60 million for theft of their idea, unfair business practices, and more. Apparently, Tori and Dean's sTORIbook Weddings is "uncannily similar" to a show they previously pitched to Oxygen, titled Wedding Rescue.
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The three producers have shared this timeline of events:
2007: Charles, Jake, and Denny registered their idea for Wedding Rescue, featuring Tori and Dean as wedding planners who help couples plan their dream wedding, with the Writers Guild.
The trio then sent the official treatment to Tori and Dean's agents.
2009: The producers presented their idea to Oxygen. However, a few months later, a representative for the network told them that Oxygen was not interested in their show.
Also in 2009, a second show, Tattoo Star Treatment, was pitched to the same network. This time a rep claimed that a tattoo competition show was not "right" for Oxygen.
2011: Tori & Dean's sTORIbook Weddings premiered on Oxygen. Much to their surprise!
2012: Best Ink debuted. According to the producers, Best Ink has "nearly every creative element of the Tattoo Star Treatment." OUCH!
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