20 Media group sues over reality show

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN – Creators of a cable television series highlighting Dearborn face a lawsuit from a company that claims the show’s creators stole their idea.
According to a lawsuit filed against Discovery Communications, the parent company of TLC, which airs “All-American Muslim,” following five Muslim families living in Dearborn, Los-Angeles-based Visionaire Media claims responsibility for the idea of the show .

Lawyers for Visionaire filed a lawsuit Nov. 30 in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming former Visionaire President Noessa Higa and another Visionare employee met with Discovery Communications and discussed an idea for creating a TV series about a Muslim family in January.

According to published reports, executives with Discovery Communications agreed that if an idea for the project was green-lighted and broadcast, Visionaire would be hired to produce the series.

The lawsuit claims after Higa, who also served as a consulting producer, left the company she continued to work on the series and informed Discovery Communications executives about specific details of the show, including plot elements and themes, without giving credit to Visionaire.

Visionare is seeking damages for breach of contract, breach of confidence and interference with contract.

“All-American Muslim” Co-Executive Producer Mike Mosallam did not return calls seeking comment on this story.

(Daniel Heraty can be reached at dheraty@bewickpublications.com.)