UPDATE: Eyeworks wins legal battle over celebrity diving format
Karoline Spodsberg, Managing Director, Banijay International, said:
“The Dutch court acknowledged that it was the same idea and that there were clearly more similarities than differences between Celebrity Splash and our original format Stars in Danger: The High Dive, but decided that Eyeworks did not breach Dutch law. It is clearly a disappointment. After all, Eyeworks had the opportunity to buy our format and adapt it in the Netherlands, but chose to do otherwise.
Stars in Danger: The High Dive is a unique concept that was created by Brainpool in 2004 and has been a continuous success then for Pro7 in Germany. We can therefore offer a bible and production consultancy that is second to none. The strength of the format has been illustrated by sales in more than a dozen territories, with Jiangsu Satellite TV’s local version for China recently nominated for an Asian Television Award for Best Adaptation of an Existing Format.
We now have several legal options open to us and we are currently exploring them. In the meantime, Banijay International will be concentrating on doing our job and securing further licence deals for Stars in Danger: The High Dive. We will introduce the show to new territories in 2014.”
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