Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Lawsuit Over Concept

Two professional dancers who claim they created Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" have sued Creative Artists Agency for allegedly taking their treatment and giving it to the show's credited creators, Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe, to pitch as their own.

Choreographer John Cassese, who is known professionally as "The Dance Doctor," and Brian Nelson, a ballroom dancer and instructor, claim their treatment, also called "So You Think You Can Dance, was given by CAA to Fuller and Lythgoe because the agency "believed all along that plaintiffs' treatment was viable but preferred to pitch the show on behalf of existing clients."