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'Glee' Suit -- You Screwed Me On the Back End

7/19/2011 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The man who claims he was critical in developing "Glee" is suing co-creator Ian Brennan, claiming Brennan betrayed him by refusing to honor an agreement they made.

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Michael Novick, a producer on "Glee," claims his former good friend Ian Brennan developed a concept for "Glee" as a screenplay for a movie -- about a high school glee club. Novick and Brennan agreed to work as a team to sell the project.

Novick worked out at a gym in West Hollywood, the same place where Ryan Murphy worked out.  Novick talked to Murphy -- a successful show runner -- about the project at the gym, and Murphy loved it, saying it would make an even better TV show.

According to the suit, Murphy pitched the show to Fox, but the negotiations hit a snag.  Novick wanted to drive a hard bargain, but Brennan convinced him to back off and accept a lower fee and credit.

According to the lawsuit, Brennan promised Novick -- in exchange for accepting the lesser credit and money -- he would give Novick 15% of any back-end compensation Brennan would receive. 

Of course, since there's a lawsuit, that didn't work out too well.

Novick is suing for unspecified damages. 


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AntiSocialForum.com    

Harvey must have wrote that headline

1194 days ago
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Kristal    

Shortest article in TMZ history LOL

1194 days ago
3.

feebee    

So both these guys are gay, right? Not that there's anything wrong with that !

1194 days ago
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superchicken    

Whoever wrote that headline can start cleaning out their desk.

1194 days ago
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Rage    

is this Gleekaphobia harvey?

1194 days ago
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Barb    

I hope he got it in writing!

1194 days ago
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MariJoy    

More proof, ya gotta get it in writing, folks!!

1194 days ago
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Kathy    

Lesson of the Day--GET IT IN WRITING!!!!

1194 days ago
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Laughing at celebrities is fun.    

Good, cancel it.

1194 days ago
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mrspatrickcampbell    

Michael has 'gay-face' !

1194 days ago
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B    

This is a little late isn't it. Glee has been on air for over 2 years...

1194 days ago
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sobeach    

WHO THE FRACK CARES WHY IS THIS SHOW NOT CANCELLED

1194 days ago
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Bruno    

I think there is a LOT of back end screwing associated with that show.

1194 days ago
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D    

Never watched that show, never will!

1194 days ago
15.

Brian    

He is not the first Glee cast member to get it in the back end!

1194 days ago
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