The woman behind the success of shows like “Jersey Shore” and “Party Down South” allegedly ripped off an idea from a contestant on one of her productions and got it on the air behind his back, and now he’s filed a lawsuit.
Robert Banhart appeared in “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila” in 2007 as Bobby and actually ended up beating all his competition to win the grand prize of the season.
According to the documents in his suit, Banhart claims during his time on “Tila,” he developed a close relationship with Sallyann Salsano, who encouraged him to pitch new ideas for development by her company, 495 Productions. She allegedly promised him a 50% split on anything he brought in that became a real show.
Banhart says a couple years later he pitched a show regarding the popular New York ski resort, Hunter Mountain. He describes visiting the resort as a kid with his friends in the winter and thought the stories would make for a good reality show about young adults during ski season.
The documents claim Salsano’s assistant arranged a call with her development team, and although the producer apparently liked the idea, her office said they had “too much on their production agenda to spend time developing the show,” and passed.
Cut to January 2018, Banhart says he started seeing promos for MTV’s new show, “Winter Break: Hunter Mountain” with Salsano attached as the executive producer.
The show ended up a flop for MTV, but Banhart feels he got a raw deal from Salsano and 495 Productions, so he’s suing for breach of oral contract, breach of implied contract and intentional fraud.
BTW, in case you were wondering, Banhart and Tila Tequila broke up shortly after the reality show wrapped.