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Tuesday
Aug202013

CBS Settles with Producers of ABC's "The Glass House"

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- CBS has settled a dispute with producers of The Glass House -- the ABC reality series that CBS contended had copied its own Big Brother.  CBS initially filed a lawsuit against ABC over The Glass House last year.

The Glass House featured strangers living together in a household surrounded by glass walls with cameras watching their every move.  Fourteen contestants lived in the house and competed for $250,000.  Voting by viewers helped determine which contestants were sent packing.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS hashed things out with Glass House executive producer Kenny Rosen -- a former producer of Big Brother -- ABC Vice President of Alternative Programming Corie Henson and producer Michael O'Sullivan in arbitration.

CBS released a statement saying, "CBS will receive financial compensation as part of the settlement.  The producers have admitted that one of them used confidential Big Brother manuals in the production of The Glass House, and they have expressed regret for using this material.  In addition, those involved have pledged not to misappropriate CBS trade secrets in the future."

The Glass House was cancelled last year after just one season.

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