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OWN Sued For Stealing Ideas
OWN Sued For Stealing Ideas

Everybody’s favourite queen of talk may be borrowing shows and not giving credit where its due, this according to a law suit by a woman named Susan Kasi.

Hollywood reporter, Reports -Susan Kasi had for network that would offer therapeutic programming by broadcasting guided imagery of inspiring places, meditation, music, art and philosophy.

it sounds too cathartic. In a new lawsuit filed in Florida by Kasi's company, Sunset Concepts, she claims her idea for "experiential programming" was stolen in the creation of the Oprah Winfrey Network.

The defendant in the case is Discovery Communications, which jointly operates OWN with Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions.

According to the complaint, Kasi developed the idea for Care Free TV in 2003. She says she originally thought it would be a "perfect fit" for Oprah and contacted Harpo and Oxygen Network, of which Oprah was a part owner at the time. Neither was interested.

The basis of a lawsuit is pinned to what happened a few years thereafter, when continuing her search for a partner, Kasi allegedly engaged in discussions with an executive vice president at Discovery responsible for developing new media.

Supposedly, the parties discussed certain provisions of a confidentiality agreement, and Discovery agreed to insert a provision of a "contract" that stipulated, "[D]iscovery will not use any of the company's Confidential Information without the prior written consent of and the payment of compensation to Company."

But a week later, Discovery informed Kasi that they were passing on her proposal, says the lawsuit.

The complaint then details Kasi's further conversations with executives at Discovery and ultimately, of course, those went nowhere.

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