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Jon Hotchkiss is taking a stand against Discovery Channel and "MythBusters" over what he claims amounts to the network and its show copying Hotchkiss' material. The creator of the "This vs. That" web series says Discovery stole content he pitched to them and used it on "MythBusters" without his consent -- or payment to him.
In a detailed blog post on the "This vs. That" blog, Hotchkiss describes his dealings with Discovery beginning on Aug. 31, 2010 and continuing through the present day. What started off as a pitch meeting where Hotchkiss presented the idea of "This vs. That" to Discovery ended with the network using ideas he shared with them on episodes of "MythBusters" that didn't air within the United States.
Hotchkiss claims this is all being written off as a coincidence, but he has put forth evidence that seemingly proves his claims. When Zap2it asked Discovery for a statement, »
My name is Jon Hotchkiss and well, I make TV for a living. I began my career as a writer on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. The one question people I meet always ask me about Bill is: “Did you two get high together?” I’m kidding (and we did not). Actually, the thing people want to know is: “What’s Bill really like?” And I always give the same answer: “It’s impossible for me to say anything bad about a guy who gave me my start in show-biz. I wanted to be a guy who writes jokes for TV. And Bill let me. And got me high. (I’m kidding. Or am I?)
Bill also performed lots of jokes I wrote, including this one in front of President Clinton at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner: “Barbara Streisand is here. And she just got an honorary doctorate from Brandeis University. »
- Jon Hotchkiss
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