ABC is ready to play hardball with CBS regarding their upcoming reality show, The Glass House, which is set to premiere next month.
The network is fighting back in response to CBS’ lawsuit which alleges that 19 of its former Big Brother staff members left the show to create The Glass House, using insider information and trade secrets to do so. ABC is asking the judge to throw out the lawsuit. Court documents filed in response to the lawsuit state that ”there is nothing secret about editing a program with multiple feeds together or developing a narrative structure for it. That is reality TV.”
ABC also claims the two shows are different in that The Glass House is a team-based competition whereas Big Brother is played individually.
Another interesting point former Big Brother employees are making is that the producers of the show overwork – and grossly underpay – the staffers for their time and work. The documents go on to say, “it is common knowledge in the industry that low pay and the 24 hours a day/7 days a week filming schedule makes life on the Big Brother set difficult . . . employees prefer a different show with benefits and better hours is hardly evidence of a trade secret violation.”
A judge has yet to decide whether or not CBS may proceed with their suit.
ABC or CBS – who will prevail?