Popular TV Show Settles Lawsuit

Nov 11, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Fox dancing show "So You Think You Can Dance" is being sued by a man who claims the show was his idea.

Producers from the hit Fox dance show "So You Think You Can Dance" recently settled a lawsuit with a man who calls himself the "Dance Doctor."

John Cassese filed the lawsuit against Fox Broadcasting, 19 Entertainment and Dick Clark Productions six years ago, alleging he and his partners registered a concept with the Writers Guild of America for a dance show called "So You Think You Can Dance" before the dance show first aired.

According to the lawsuit, Cassese and his writing partners developed the proposed show as a 60-minute elimination dance competition in which dancers from the around the world were challenged to perform different styles of dance with different partners every week.

Cassese said he hired an agent to pitch the idea to multiple networks, including Fox, but never heard back from Fox about a deal.

The lawsuit was dismissed twice by a U.S. Superior Court judge, but last month, a judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit for a third time, leading to the two parties settling for an undisclosed amount.

The two parties said they have reached "mutually acceptable terms."

"So You Think You Can Dance" first aired in 2005 and has since attracted millions of viewers.