You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Another suit for ‘Champ’

'Champ' suit belts De La Hoya

Fox’s “The Next Great Champ” is headed into the lawsuit ring yet again.

Producer Leigh Ann Burton has filed a complaint against Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions, claiming the boxer stole her idea for a reality show.

Endemol USA and Lock & Key Prods. created “Next Great Champ,” and have separately been accused of stealing the idea by rival boxing show producers DreamWorks TV and Mark Burnett Prods., the duo behind NBC’s “The Contender.”

Fox, Endemol and Lock & Key won the right last week to launch “Next Great Champ” on Sept. 7 as planned (Daily Variety, Aug. 30) after “The Contender” partners failed to secure a temporary restraining order against the show.

Burton, meanwhile, is only suing De La Hoya and Golden Boy, filing suit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming breach of implied-in-fact contract, unfair competition and other claims.

According to the suit, Burton had sealed a deal with GRB Entertainment (“Next Action Star”) to develop a boxing show, and registered her idea in September with the Writers Guild. Burton pitched the idea last fall to De La Hoya and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, both of whom, she said, expressed interest in the project.

Negotiations with De La Hoya fell apart by January, however, and the boxer and Golden Boy later joined the Fox/Endemol project. Burton contends that “Next Great Champ” is a carbon copy of her idea; her lawyer, Bruce Broillet, declined comment on this fall’s other boxing show, “The Contender.”

“I’m looking forward to putting Golden Boy under oath,” Broillet said. “We have the treatment registered with the Writers Guild, and we have her communications in writing with the people from Golden Boy… She had an agreement with Golden Boy.”

Stephen Espinoza, attorney for Golden Boy Promotions, said in a statement that he had not yet seen the lawsuit and could not comment on its specifics.

“However, the public comments from Ms. Burton and her counsel concerning what occurred between the parties are simply not true,” Espinoza said. “Golden Boy Promotions and Mr. Schaefer have done nothing wrong, and Ms. Burton’s claims to the contrary are utterly without merit.”

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

More TV

  • Bob Weinstein

    Bob Weinstein Accused of Sexual Harassment by TV Showrunner

    Fox’s “The Next Great Champ” is headed into the lawsuit ring yet again. Producer Leigh Ann Burton has filed a complaint against Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions, claiming the boxer stole her idea for a reality show. Endemol USA and Lock & Key Prods. created “Next Great Champ,” and have separately […]

  • CBS Names Participants for the 2017-2018

    CBS Names Participants for its 2017-2018 Writers Mentoring Program

    Fox’s “The Next Great Champ” is headed into the lawsuit ring yet again. Producer Leigh Ann Burton has filed a complaint against Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions, claiming the boxer stole her idea for a reality show. Endemol USA and Lock & Key Prods. created “Next Great Champ,” and have separately […]

  • Aline Brosh McKenna Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

    CBS Developing Asian-American Basketball Comedy From 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Team

    Fox’s “The Next Great Champ” is headed into the lawsuit ring yet again. Producer Leigh Ann Burton has filed a complaint against Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions, claiming the boxer stole her idea for a reality show. Endemol USA and Lock & Key Prods. created “Next Great Champ,” and have separately […]

  • Neil Cavuto Gets Down to Business

    Neil Cavuto Gets Down to Business When Calling Out President Trump

    Fox’s “The Next Great Champ” is headed into the lawsuit ring yet again. Producer Leigh Ann Burton has filed a complaint against Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions, claiming the boxer stole her idea for a reality show. Endemol USA and Lock & Key Prods. created “Next Great Champ,” and have separately […]

  • Kerry Washington The Mothers

    Facebook Orders Drama Series for Watch With Kerry Washington Producing (EXCLUSIVE)

    Fox’s “The Next Great Champ” is headed into the lawsuit ring yet again. Producer Leigh Ann Burton has filed a complaint against Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions, claiming the boxer stole her idea for a reality show. Endemol USA and Lock & Key Prods. created “Next Great Champ,” and have separately […]

  • Bob Greenblatt NBC

    Robert Greenblatt on the Importance of Speaking Up and Making Voices Heard

    Fox’s “The Next Great Champ” is headed into the lawsuit ring yet again. Producer Leigh Ann Burton has filed a complaint against Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions, claiming the boxer stole her idea for a reality show. Endemol USA and Lock & Key Prods. created “Next Great Champ,” and have separately […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content