Big Brother winner Brian Belo has finally reached a settlement with ITV and Lime Pictures after taking legal action against the makers of the hit TV scripted reality show The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE).
Via The Daily Mirror
Belo, himself an Essex boy, claimed that the makers of the structured reality soap had adapted and reproduced part of a format he had originally developed with Sassy Films and Massive TV.
The trio said they took the idea to Lime Pictures in March and July 2009 and sent a tape and treatment to ITV in November 2009. The show launched on ITV2 in 2010.
They also highlighted a series of emails that they believe demonstrated ownership of the format.
A key part of ITV’s defence was that the concept developed by Belo, Sassy and Massive – called Totally Essex – was not a “dramality” show like The Only Way is Essex, but a “fly on the wall documentary”.
Lime Pictures and ITV did not expect this. They underestimated Brian Belo.
They thought.. ‘this is a black man from Essex, he is an air head, wears blue contact lenses and relaxes his hair. Yeah we can get away with this’.
Now pay the man his reported £1million settlement and be gone thieves.
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