Viewers may not be glued to televised tutu battles quite yet. But a complaint filed Jan. 23 in Dallas federal court alleges that two proposals have hit the market, each for a reality show about a ballet company putting together a performance. Aaron Davidson, a partner in the Dallas office of Baker Botts, represents John Harris Masterson in John Harris Masterson v. Lisa Jenkins et al. Masterson alleges in his complaint that he conceived of such a show, focusing on dancers and choreographers in the Texas Ballet Theater in Dallas, with a working title of "Starting Pointe." Masterson further alleges that the defendants — his former co-producers, Lisa Jenkins and Dallas-based Dreamfly Productions — are using his trade secrets and confidential information to try and market their own “extremely similar” proposed reality show, with the working title of "En Pointe." In his complaint, Masterson makes copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract claims and seeks an injunction to stop Jenkins and Dreamfly from marketing "En Pointe." Jenkins, the president and CEO of Dreamfly, did not return a call to her office seeking comment. No answer has been filed in the case. Davidson says another Baker Botts partner introduced him to his client. “I don’t pretend to be part of the ballet world,” says Davidson, although he notes his daughters take dance lessons. Davidson says that he understands Dreamfly is working with a different ballet company than TBT.
-- Miriam Rozen