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    Posted: 15 Apr 2011 at 10:15

Big Brother winner Brian Belo 'to sue TOWIE bosses, claiming the show was his idea'

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 10:06 AM on 15th April 2011

Big Brother champion Brian Belo is said to have launched a lawsuit against The Only Way Is Essex’s production company, claiming they stole his idea for the ITV2 show.

He is also allegedly suing his former manager Adam Muddle alongside Lime Productions for lost earnings of up to £100,000.

The Essex-born star appeared in the original pilot for the reality TV show, but was cut before ITV commissioned the series, which pulled in 1.3million viewers on Wednesday.


Pushed out: Brian Belo appeared on the original pilot trailer, provisionally called Totally Essex, but was cut from the show when picked up by ITV

The 23-year-old appears alongside Sam Faiers, Amy Childs, Mark Wright and Kirk Norcross in the pilot, provisionally named Totally Essex.

A voice over says: ‘These guys are living the life fantastic’, before the camera cuts to Amy Childs saying: ‘I have the best life ever. I had a boob job when I was 17 because I wanted to.’


Belo says on the video: ‘I’d say we have the best lifestyle of anyone in the entire country. The way we feel, it’s like screw the recession, we want to have fun.

‘We like our kind of people, we like where we live in Essex and the way we see it in our group we are the Essex elite.

‘Anything goes, no skirt is too short, no contacts are too blue, no tans are too orange.’


Original pilot: Belo appears in the trailer in between Mark Wright (top left) and Kirk Norcross (top right), while Amy Childs and Sam Faiers appear in the bottom right


His idea? Brian, appearing in the original trailer with Amy Childs (right), apparently says the show was his idea

But Belo was soon axed, as well as other show hopefuls seen on the trailer Rachelle, Natalie and Chris, who appeared in the pilot but do not appear in the current show.

The actor and singer, who won the eighth series of Big Brother, uploaded the original trailer onto his blog and wrote: ‘I worked on the idea for two years.

‘I wrote the treatment, got the cast together and got a trailer made. I pitched it to production companies.

‘I’m very proud of its success. I want people to know where it came from’, according to The Sun.

A friend of Belo apparently told the tabloid that Brian is sad that it has ended this way, as he was friends with Mark, Sam, Amy and Adam.


Totally Essex: Sam Faiers speaking in the pilot, talking about her life in Essex


Big Brother winner: Belo appearing on the Channel 4 live final of Big Brother in 2007 with twins Sam and Amanda Marchant

The friend alleges Brian spent two years working on an idea for an Essex version of The Hills, after which his manager Adam pitched the pilot to Lime Productions.

The source said: ‘They snapped it up and ITV loved the show but Brian was pushed out. First he wasn’t cast but thought he might be involved in producing but he was cut out of that.’

Lime Productions told MailOnline: ‘We have not received any formal complaint from Brian Belo.

‘The format and content of the programme was created and developed by a team at Lime Pictures.’

MailOnline have contacted Brian's management team but have not yet received a statement on behalf of the star.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1377119/Big-Brother-winner-Brian-Belo-sue-TOWIE-bosses-claiming-idea.html#ixzz1Ja7FeoHu
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