Producers Claim Tori Spelling Show Idea Was Stolen, Sue for $60 Million

by | June 3, 2013 at 10:36 PM | Celebrities

Tori Spelling on Tori and Dean. (Oxygen)


Tori Spelling’s production company is being sued over her 2011 reality series “Tori and Dean: sTORIbook Weddings” by producers who allege that she stole their idea for a show.

Three producers have filed a $60 million lawsuit over the series, which starred both Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott, against Oxygen Media, Bunim-Murray Productions, World of Wonder Productions and Spelling and McDermott’s production company, Life in a Bowl Productions, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The lawsuit claims that the companies committed “breach of implied in fact contract, breach of fiduciary duty, slander of title, false advertising, unfair business practices and more in connection with what they say was the theft of their idea.”

The suit comes from Denny O’Neil Jr. and Jake P. Hall, both residents of Oregon, and Charles W. Malcolm of Los Angeles and states that the trio registered an idea with the Writers Guild in 2007 for a show they called Wedding Rescue, that would star Spelling and McDermott as wedding planners who help couples create their dream wedding. They plaintiffs say they sent a copy of their treatment to a UTA agent who represents Spelling and McDermott and World of Wonder Productions. In addition, they claim to have contacted an executive at Oxygen, sent their treatment and had a meeting in 2009. They were then informed that Oxygen was not interested in the concept.

Then on April 6, 2011, after “sTORIbook Weddings” and eight subsequent episodes debuted, the producers say what they saw was “uncannily similar” to their own idea.

They also claim to have pitched Oxygen and Bunim-Murray a concept for a reality series about a competition among tattoo artists that they called the Tattoo Star treatment, were rejected and then saw a show on Oxygen made with Bunim-Murray called “Best Ink” that was also a virtual clone.

The magazine says that Oxygen Media, Bunim-Murray, World of Wonder and Life in a Bowl Productions could not be reached for comment on the lawsuit.