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Endemol takes Banijay to court

Alleges 'Dilemme' infringes copyright

MADRID — In a clash of reality TV titans, Endemol is believed to have initiated legal proceedings against Banijay for copyright infringement.

Endemol France alleges that “Dilemme,” produced by Banijay French subsid ALJ Productions, copycats Endemol formats “Loft Story” and “Secret Story.”

Airing Thursday primetime on French Gallic DTT web W9, “Dilemme” wrapped its first eight-week season July 15.

In it, 14 people, seven girls and seven boys, live in the same house where, grouped in two teams, they compete for cash prizes worth a total Euros300,000 ($384,600).

ALJ Prods. was created by producer and TV star Alexia Laroche-Joubert who, while at Endemol France, oversaw the production of “Loft Story” for Endemol.

“Loft Story” was aired on French broadcaster M6 from 2001.

Endemol and Banijay sources both declined to comment.

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