Castaway gives lawsuit the heave-ho

Judge rejected claim that show copied 'Survivor'

LONDON — U.K. media group Granada said Thursday that indie producer Castaway Television Prods. has dropped legal action over hit reality show “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!,” which aired on ABC in the U.S. and commercial broadcaster ITV in the U.K.

Castaway claimed “I’m a Celebrity” infringed the copyright of its format “Survivor” and was seeking damages and an injunction to prevent Granada from selling the format internationally.

In January, a judge in New York rejected a claim that the program was a copy of “Survivor” after U.S. network CBS tried to block ABC’s version of “I’m a Celebrity” that aired in February.

“We have always stressed that ‘I’m a Celebrity’ is an original format devised by Granada, and we are extremely pleased that this has now been established both here in the U.K. and in the U.S.,” said Paul Jackson, Granada’s director of international production.

“There has been a tremendous amount of interest in the program around the world, and we are forging ahead with plans to sell the format and to make the program in other major territories,” Jackson added.

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