Tori Spelling Reality Show, Oxygen Sued Over Stolen Idea Claim
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott | Photo Credits: Michael Kovac/Getty Images
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Denny O'Neil Jr., Jake P. Hall and Charles W. Malcolm have filed a lawsuit with the Los Angeles Superior Court against Oxygen Media, Bunim-Murray Productions, World of Wonder Productions, and Spelling and McDermott's production company, Life in a Bowl Productions. The trio is seeking $60 million for what they believe was a breach of contract and stolen idea, among other things.
sTORIbook Weddings, which aired in 2011, starred Spelling and McDermott as they created dream weddings for couples. According to the suit, O'Neil, Hall and Malcolm registered the same idea in 2007 for a show called Wedding Rescue, which would've starred Spelling and McDermott, with the Writers Guild. The suit adds that the producers sent Spelling and McDermott's agents, as well as Oxygen, the treatment and they even met with Oxygen executives, who said that they were not interested. The suit also claims that Oxygen, along with Bunim-Murray, stole the trio's 2009 idea for a tattoo artist competition show that is almost identical to the series the network debuted in 2012 called Best Ink.
Oxygen Media, Bunim-Murray, World of Wonder and Life in a Bowl Productions have yet to comment on the lawsuit.