Loved – albeit prematurely canceled – dating show FBoy Island Legacy streaming platform HBO Max may not be a legal invention, according to a lawsuit filed in New York on Tuesday.
A producer named Jack Piuggi of Flipp Productions, HBO, Warner Bros. He is suing Discovery and other production companies for copyright infringement, claiming they stole his concept of a documentary and turned it into a documentary. FBoy Island, A dating show where women try to describe 24 men as womanizers (“FBoys”) or genuine love seekers. Piuggi also claims that his ideas were used for the impressive documentary Fake CelebrityDebuting on HBO in 2021.
Piuggi says he worked with production companies Grand Street Media and Good For You Productions to develop a show. famous when you first realized the concepts Fake CelebrityPublished the following month, according to legal documents obtained by The Daily Beast.
Piuggi later learned that his ideas were allegedly used. FBoy Island through his friend Garrett Morosky, who appeared as a contestant on the reality show. Piuggi recommended the actor to the producers for a role in the movie. famous before finally being recruited and winning Season 1 FBoy Island.
The lawsuit points to Lowell Freedman and Jesse Guma, co-founders of Grand Street Media, who shared their ideas with HBO. Piuggi claims the two have “indirect but clear relationships” with HBO’s parent company, WarnerMedia.
Piuggi and his lawyers claim in a statement that HBO has “developed an intelligent system that allows them to steal show concepts using independent contractors with 1099 status” so that the media giant can deny crime.
“This is how they get away with stealing people’s concepts,” Piuggi said in a statement. “This is genius. 1099s allow studios to charge independent contractors for theft of any services or creative work while remaining legally isolated. Then production companies emerge under new names. It’s been like that forever, but I have proof that the whole system is a scam.”
Piuggi is far from being the first writer to blame a major copyright infringement network: Last year, ABC and comedian Quinta Brunson were sued by writer Christine Davis for allegedly stealing the hit sitcom concept. High Priest Elementary. Given how powerful HBO is (sorry, Max?), fighting the media giant is definitely going to be a tough battle.