LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - The production company that owns the worldwide rights to "Survivor" is suing the maker of another show that stranded celebrities on an island.
Castaway Productions Ltd., headed by singer Bob Geldof, produces "Survivor" in a number of countries, including the United States. The company claims the recently aired British series "I'm a Celebrity -- Get Me Out of Here" infringes on its copyright for the show.
The lawsuit, filed in London, seeks an injunction against Granada and London Weekend Television, which produced "Get Me Out of Here," the AP reports.
"Get Me Out of Here" stranded eight B-list celebrities, including psychic Uri Geller and ex-boxer Nigel Benn, in a remote part of Australia, where they had to find their own food and water. Viewers voted by phone to remove them one by one, with proceeds from the calls going to charity. The participants won nothing more than TV exposure.
A statement from Castaway Productions says the company is filing suit to protect its intellectual property rights and correct the "widespread belief" that it endorsed the celebrity show.
For its part, Granada "made clear to ... Castaway that we don't consider our program in any way infringes their rights in 'Survivor,' " a spokesman says. "We have received strong legal advice supporting that position and will, if necessary, vigorously defend any proceedings."
ABC recently ordered an American version of "Get Me Out of Here." There's no telling yet how the lawsuit might affect its production.