Big Brother star Brian Belo sues ITV for Brian Belo has demanded that TOWIE be taken off the air until he receives 4m for its rights, after claiming to have come up with the idea for the show himself.
Brian claims TOWIE was his idea (Picture: Channel 4) Brian, who won Big Brother in 2007, has taken out an injunction against ITV and Lime Pictures, which produces The Only Way Is Essex, demanding that its fifth series does not air as planned from April 15. Claiming that he was later offered just 2,500 for the rights to TOWIE, Belo is said to be angry that the reality phenomenon is so close in format to his original idea. In a taster clip for his series Totally Essex, Brian is joined by Amy Childs, Mark Wright, Kirk Norcross and Sam Faiers, all of whom went on to star in ITV2 show The Only Way Is Essex. VIDEO: Watch the trailer for Brian Belo Totally Essex here Similarities between the shows go beyond just their cast members, as the focus of Totally Essex appears to be the fast cars, lavish lifestyle and complex love lives of its stars, much like TOWIE. Laugh out loud: Mark Wright looked characteristically risible in the promo for Totally Essex (Picture: Sassy Films/Massive TV) Included in Brian evidence against the makers of The Only Way Is Essex coach outlet handbags manufacturer is said to be the 2010 contract that asked Brian to sign away the rights to the programme format for 2,500 and a slew of text messages in which the Big Brother star is asked by producers for the contact coach outlet coupons 50% details of Totally Essex other cast members.
ITV and Lime coach outlet deals Pictures deny they stole Brian idea for the show, saying in a joint statement: Only Way Is Essex is an original concept created and developed by an award winning team at Lime Pictures. Gormless: Mark, Kirk Norcross, Amy Childs and Sam Faiers were all featured in Totally Essex (Picture: Sassy Films/Massive TV) Belo claim against Lime and ITV coach outlet handbags types is totally without foundation and will be vigorously defended. creative team at Lime Pictures is very proud of TOWIE, and the notion that it was not entirely their own work is a serious allegation which is completely refuted.
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