Piligian sues Abdul over 'Hey, Paula!'
EmptyReality-programming veteran Craig Piligian's Pilgrim Films and Television is suing entertainer Paula Abdul and producer David Russo, claiming the pair appropriated Piligian's ideas for the "Hey, Paula!" show and took it to the Bravo network without his consent.
Piligian, whose suit was filed Feb. 1 in the Santa Monica branch of Los Angeles Superior Court, seeks an injunction halting further work on the show, which is expected to begin airing on the cable network this year. It also seeks unspecified monetary damages.
In the suit, which has been assigned to Judge Joseph Biderman in the West Los Angeles branch of Superior Court, Piligian says he was hired by Abdul and Russo to help develop the reality program for Abdul and had secured an agreement for the program to air on the Oxygen cable network. PFTV is represented in the case by Andrew Pauly and Andrew Haley of Greenwald, Pauly, Foster & Miller in Santa Monica.
"Abdul and Russo secretly shopped the project to other potential producers, ultimately ending up with a producer who took the project ... to the Bravo cable channel," the suit alleges.
Piligian's previous reality TV credits include working as a co-executive producer on "Survivor." He currently is producer of the reality shows "American Chopper," "American Hot Rod," "The Ultimate Fighter" and "Dirty Jobs."