The producer of a horror actuality present has sued his former companion accusing him of making a copycat present that’s now working on Netflix.
Scott Hallock and Kevin Healey co-created “Scare Ways,” a hidden digital camera present that ran for 5 seasons on Syfy from 2003 to 2013. In keeping with the swimsuit, the 2 had a falling out in 2011, which resulted in an settlement whereby Healey divested his curiosity within the present.
Healey went on to create a brand new present, “Prank Encounters,” which launched on Netflix final October and bears a resemblance to the sooner present. Two seasons of “Scare Ways” are additionally at the moment accessible on Netflix.
Hallock alleges that his former companion successfully created an unauthorized reboot of the unique present. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court docket in Los Angeles, states claims of copyright infringement and breach of contract.
The swimsuit alleges that Healey employed quite a few staffers who labored on “Scare Ways,” and that a number of episodes of the brand new present have blatantly ripped off storylines from the unique. Hallock states that the unique present value about $40 million to supply, and the “reboot” has harmed the worth of the unique present.
“Growth, manufacturing and supply of content material is dear, and by infringing upon the Copyright Holder Plaintiffs’ copyrights in particular Scare Ways tales, as herein alleged, Defendants have successfully destroyed the Copyright Holder Plaintiffs’ capacity to comprehend the complete extent of returns on their important monetary funding,” the swimsuit alleges.
The swimsuit additionally accuses Healey of misappropriating parts of an episode of “Freak Encounters,” a present the pair created collectively that ran on Animal Planet.