December 16, 2004 |
TV producers are headed to court again over a "copycat" reality show. RDF Media Ltd., the British producer of ABC's program "Wife Swap," sued Fox on Wednesday, claiming Fox Broadcasting Co.'s "Trading Spouses" is a "blatant and wholesale copycat" of their show. Both series detail the experiences of real-life women who temporarily switch families. RDF claims that Fox decided to rip off its idea after "Wife Swap" became a hit in Britain and was sold to ABC.
September 2, 2004 |
Fox Broadcasting Co.'s boxing "reality" show is caught up in another courthouse scrape. Less than a week after fending off a legal challenge that could have blocked its premiere, the producers of "The Next Great Champ" were sued by a writer who claims the show rips off her idea. In papers filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Leigh Ann Burton said boxer Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions "misappropriated" her concept for a reality show after De La Hoya signed up for "Champ."
August 28, 2004 |
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Friday knocked down the latest challenge from rival producers trying to block the Sept. 7 premiere of Fox's "reality" boxing show "The Next Great Champ." It was the second legal rebuff in less than two weeks for DreamWorks and reality impresario Mark Burnett, producers of the competing boxing show, "The Contender," scheduled to air on NBC in November.
August 21, 2004 |
The next episode in television's great boxing-show standoff is coming a little sooner than expected. Fox Broadcasting said Friday that it would move the premiere of its boxing "reality" series, "The Next Great Champ," to Sept. 7 -- a date that was to come a day before a hearing on a suit filed by rival producers seeking to knock the show off the air.
August 19, 2004 |
In the increasingly vicious brawl over rival boxing "reality" series, chalk up the first round for Fox Broadcasting. But the rumble is far from over. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Wednesday declined to issue a restraining order to block the Sept. 10 premiere of Fox's "The Next Great Champ," which features boxing star Oscar De La Hoya overseeing 12 fighters squaring off for a shot at a professional title fight.
July 14, 2004 |
Fox is really sinking its teeth into "reality" TV. News Corp. announced Tuesday that it was launching the Fox Reality Channel early next year on cable and satellite services. Rupert Murdoch's company, which will spend nearly $100 million to start the channel, is aiming to be the dominant player in an increasingly crowded field. There is already a flood of reality shows on broadcast and cable, and several upstart cable channels devoted to the genre. Reality TV runs on EchoStar Communication Corp.'
May 25, 2004 |
This week's two-part season finale of "American Idol" offers a dramatic battle between two charismatic young singers, the soulful Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo, the Georgia-bred girl next door. But the music may be bittersweet for Fox Broadcasting Co., where "Idol," despite its enormous popularity, is beginning to show some early signs of wear. Controversies over the show's phone-in vote system have reportedly irked some loyal viewers.
May 5, 2004 |
Fox Broadcasting Co. on Tuesday named longtime television executive Ed Wilson as network president -- less than two weeks after Wilson waved goodbye to NBC. At Fox, Wilson, 47, will be filling a job that has been largely vacant for two years, since Tony Vinciquerra was tapped as president and chief executive of Fox Networks Group, which also includes the company's non-news cable channels, including FX, Fox Sports Net and the National Geographic Channel.
March 27, 2004 |
Fox Television is in a family way again. The company has ordered a minimum of 22 new episodes of the animated series "Family Guy" more than two years after its initial run ended. The move is in response to the series' strengthening afterlife on DVD and in reruns on the Cartoon Network. It's been drawing high ratings on cable since the Cartoon Network began programming it opposite the broadcast networks' late-night talk shows, and it ranked as the top-selling television offering on DVD in 2003.
March 23, 2004 |
This season's "American Idol" has unleashed a number of surprises, including the unlikely celebrity of William Hung, the contestant famous for his guileless rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs." But a more significant paradox is playing out behind the scenes, where the show's dominant ratings are creating a dilemma for Fox Broadcasting Co.