View Full Version : What parts of a reality show format are copyrighted?

12-15-2009, 03:16 PM
I’m currently working on developing a reality series and I find myself incorporating little details of other realities I’ve seen.

Take for example, Top Chef, where there is a small challenge at the beginning of the show that grants immunity for the big challenge at the end. Is having a two-challenge system, a smaller one at first granting a benefit (not necessarily immunity) for the elimination challenge at the end, considered a copyrighted element by the producers of Top Chef?

What about having a set of main judges with a special guest judge every show?

It’s hard to imagine little format things like these to be out of bounds but then again, they are a part of the integral structure of the show.

Any help with this is appreciated. Thanks.