$10 Million “Las Vegas“ Lawsuit - Camhe & Segal Vs. Dreamworks
LOS ANGELES, CA June 19, 2007 -- The New York Post reported that a pair of Los Angeles screenwriters (Todd Camhe, Jonathan Segal) are accusing Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks studio of dealing them a bad hand - by ripping off their idea for the hit TV show “Las Vegas,” a $10 million lawsuit claims.
NYU film-school grad Todd Camhe, 36, and Hollywood writing partner Jonathan Segal, say the plot lines, characters and some scenes in “Las Vegas” are stolen from “Fringe Players,” their screenplay optioned by Fox and read by DreamWorks bosses back in 2000.
Camhe and Segal also accuse the studio of stealing ideas from a TV treatment called “Hard Rock Hotel: The Series” that they’d discussed in detail at their meeting with DreamWorks producers two years before “Las Vegas” hit the screens.
The writing pair, represented by the law firm of Storch Amini & Munves, filed suit in federal court in Los Angeles on Monday. “Las Vegas” is running into its fifth season on NBC this year. Its stars include James Caan.
DreamWorks, which has since been bought out by Viacom, declined to comment.
Camhe and Segal’s film “The Last Run,” which was sold to New Line Cinema, will be released on DVD on June 19, 2007.
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