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‘Glee’ Producer Sues Co-Creator of Show, Says He Was Cheated Out of His Cut

Jul 20, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A behind-the-scenes feud over money from the Fox hit “Glee” has found its way to court, with one of the show’s producers filing a lawsuit against a co-creator of the show, TMZ.com reports.

Producer Michael Novick, who filed the suit, claims he was critical in developing the show but was cheated out of backend compensation. Novick is suing co-creator Ian Brennan, claiming Brennan refused to honor an agreement between them.

Novick alleges that he talked with "Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy about a movie screenplay concept featuring a high school glee club, developed by himself and Brennan, the story says. Novick and Brennan were formerly close friends, according to the report.

Murphy decided that it would make a a good TV show and pitched it to Fox, with Novick claiming that Brennan convinced him to accept a lower fee and credit during negotiations, the piece says. The lawsuit claims Brennan promised 15% of any backend compensation he would receive to Novick, who is now suing for unspecified damages.

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