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Ghost Hunters vs. 'Ghost Hunters'

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12/31/2011 4:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ghost Hunters
A real-life parapsychologist and his producing partner claim they turned pale as a ghost when the Syfy channel began airing the show "Ghost Hunters" -- because they say they pitched the idea to the channel years earlier.

Larry Montz and Daena Smoller claim in a lawsuit they filed against NBC Universal -- which owns Syfy -- they hatched the idea for a show about paranormal investigators way back in 1981 and registered their treatment with the Writers Guild and the U.S. Copyright Office.

Montz and Smoller say their idea centered around a team investigating paranormal cases. They claim they pitched the concept to NBC repeatedly, between 1996-2001 ... but were ultimately shot down. 

Alas, Montz and Smoller claim the network then went to an outside production company, Pilgrim Films & Television Inc. -- also a defendant in the lawsuit -- and developed "Ghost Hunters" by ripping off their idea ... and it eventually premiered in 2004.

The suit has bounced around courts for the past few years, with the U.S. Supreme Court denying an appeal by NBC just a few months ago ... allowing Montz and Smoller to re-file. 

We made calls to NBC and Pilgrim. So far, no word back.


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Zeny W    

Montz and Smoller say that they came up with the idea in 1981? The original idea was televised in 1969. Two words... "Scooby Doo"

936 days ago
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Auntie Lu    

Where have these jokers been for nine years? Grant and Jason REALLY come off as honest, straight shooters. Can't imagine there's validity behind this. NOT that they're Saints. I'm "just sayin."

936 days ago
18.

ice cubed     

did you see south park

ghost hunters ; its the gayest show in the fkn universe .

that about sums it up

baaaa baaaa now back to work and shopping slaves

936 days ago
19.

Swins    

I think ghosbusters invented this.

936 days ago
20.

Billy Bob    

Fricking Hollywood is always ripping off ideas. It is funny these are also usually the libs who are encouraging occupying wall street. They won't even pay the people who came up with the ideas.

936 days ago
21.

michelle    

i like the ghost hunters show is on wedensday and when they make a new ghost hunters so i what they movie when it comes out and my friend like that a lot me to so my friend she has a ghost at her house and i love it so much.

934 days ago
22.

MooMoo    

Wandering in the dark, scaring yourself ****less over nothing is great loads of fun for some people I guess? Besides, its a lame name xD get over it and move on.

932 days ago
23.

Bonju Patten    

NBC Universal and Pilgrim Films are two birds in a nest together - I hope they get run over and have to repay all the money they stole. Bastards.

890 days ago
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Bonju Patten    

Grant may be hot to some people but it's Jason who is impregnating women and having extra marital affairs. He's the ass in jackass.

874 days ago
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