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'This vs. That' creator claims Discovery and 'Mythbusters' stole his show

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,
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Former Bulls*%t w/ Penn & Teller Show-Runner and Creator of Playboy’s The Truth About Sex Makes 6-Hour TV Series In His Garage

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.
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'This vs That' webseries investigates mysteries and science (Videos)

New webseries "This vs That" will use science to reveal the answers to life's most vexing mysteries. Questions such as "Which flotation device is more likely to save your life in the event of a plane crash? The seat cushion or the life vest?" Twitter Website Facebook First up for 'This vs That': What the airlines don't want you to know! The most common way of boarding passenger planes is among the least efficient, tests have shown. The current most common boarding method clogs the aisles and rows Jon Hotchkiss, a television producer making a webseries called "This vs That," pondered airplane boarding efficiency and came across Dr. Jason Steffen's work. Steffen's model results in a 40%
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More games for NBC, Burnett

NBC has slotted two new reality series from Mark Burnett.

The family competition series My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad will succeed American Gladiators in the 8 p.m. Monday slot beginning Feb. 18, while the comedy quiz show Amnesia will take over the 8 p.m. Friday slot Feb. 29, following a Feb. 22 debut at 9 p.m., after the season finale of 1 vs. 100.

NBC's original scheduling plan had another reality series, The Baby Borrowers, airing in the 8 p.m. Monday slot after Gladiators ends its run. But NBC executives are said to have gotten excited about "Dad" following the show's first taping over the weekend. Because of its format as a high-energy competition, it was deemed a better fit out of Gladiators than the social experiment Baby Borrowers.

Hosted by Dan Cortese, "Dad" features fathers and their son or daughter competing against other teams. The show, created by Jon Hotchkiss, is produced by Reveille, Mark Burnett Prods. and Hotchkiss Industries. Burnett, Mark Koops, Howard T. Owens, Mike Nichols and Jon Hotchkiss are the executive producers.

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