In another turn in the Glass House case, ABC late Friday opposed as “overbroad” a CBS request for the network and the new reality show’s employees’ correspondence. On May 10 CBS sued ABC, Keep Calm Productions and various former Big Brother producers claiming that The Glass House is a rip-off of their Big Brother. Earlier this week, as the two networks battled over a proposed temporary restraining order on The Glass House’s June 18 debut, CBS said that it wants to see all documents in the preparation and production of the ABC show, including emails, texts, social media, design plans, show manuals and episode outlines. ABC, who under CBS’ proposal would have only 48 hours after the judge’s ruling to hand over the material, late Friday dismissed the request. “CBS appears to be wielding this litigation, and this overbroad discovery, as a weapon in an effort to thwart ABC from launching a successful competing show, and to prevent its former employees from taking the job of their choice,” ABC said. ABC claims that CBS’s latest discovery requests would scoop up correspondence unrelated to the case such as “if two story editors from The Glass House who never worked on Big Brother exchange emails about whether to include a fight between Joy and Alex in next Monday’s episode of The Glass House.”
The discovery matter ABC filed late Friday with magistrate Judge John McDermott came as both sides await a final ruling from Judge Gary Feess in CBS’s request for a TRO to stop production on the show and The Glass House’s June 18 premiere. “There is no injunction from the bench today,” said Feess at a hearing on the TRO on Friday morning. “I think it is unlikely I will change my inclination but I do want to look at any materials again.” CBS is represented by Scott Edelman, Michael Seitz, Theane Evangelis Kapur and Blaine Evanson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. ABC is represented by Glenn Pomerantz, Jonathan Altman and Carolyn Hoecker Luedtke of Munger, Tolles & Olson.
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