ABC to Pay CBS in ‘Glass House’ Litigation Settlement

Arbitration deal includes 'financial compensation' to network for similarities to 'Big Brother'

CBS has reached a settlement with ABC in the legal battle that erupted around the Alphabet’s reality show “The Glass House.”

CBS said the deal struck through arbitration includes “financial compensation” to the Eye. CBS filed suit against ABC and several “Glass House” producers in federal court last year, claiming that ABC’s reality-competition series borrowed too liberally from the format of CBS’ “Big Brother.” CBS also maintained that former “Big Brother” production staffers appropriated trade secrets from that show in the production of “Glass House(pictured above). CBS unsuccessfully sought an injunction to bar “Glass House” from premiering on ABC in June 2012.

“The producers have admitted that one of them used confidential ‘Big Brother’ manuals in the production of ‘The Glass House,’ and they have expressed regret for using this material.  In addition, those involved have pledged not to misappropriate CBS trade secrets in the future,” CBS said in a statement.

“Glass House” had a short run on ABC last summer and was not renewed.

ABC declined comment on CBS’ statement.

A federal judge last year rejected CBS’s effort to stop “Glass House” from airing, but the network continued to seek damages  in an arbitration proceeding from former “Big Brother” staffers who had gone on to ABC. “Glass House” executive producer Kenny Rosen, ABC alternative series VP Corie Henson and “Glass House” chief competition designer Michael O’Sullivan then filed suit, claiming that CBS was “forum shopping” by “belatedly” invoking the arbitration provisions from their contracts and demanding $1 million in liquidated and punitive damages from each of them. A federal judge then sided with CBS in allowing the arbitration proceedings to go forward.


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