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Actors Sue Over Bristol Palin’s Lifetime Reality Series

Jun 20, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Associated Television International has been sued over its Lifetime docureality series "Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp," Deadline.com reports.

Actors Christopher and Kyle Massey filed suit against the producer, claiming copyright infringement, breach of contract and unfair competition, the story reports.

Palin herself isn’t a defendant. The Masseys claim they own the show, and that they haven’t been properly compensated or credited for it.

The Masseys, who are suing along with their mother, aren’t involved in the Lifetime series, the story notes. They were slated to star with Palin in another reality show, also for ATI, but that project was later scrapped.

The original project, which was reportedly developed for Lifetime’s sibling Bio, was set to track Palin’s move to Los Angeles with her son, Tripp, while she lived with the Masseys. But Palin eventually decided to leave Los Angeles and return to Alaska, where "LIfe’s a Tripp" is mostly set, the story says.

The Masseys claim ATI and its head David McKenzie, who is an executive producer on the show, "fraudulently re-packaged the show solely as ‘Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp,’ even though the concept is the same idea originally created and produced by the Masseys.”

ATI said it doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

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