Producers of American reality TV show The Apprentice have settled a lawsuit alleging the premise for the programme was lifted from an idea for a show called CEO. MARK BETHEA sued The Apprentice creator/producer MARK BURNETT in Los Angeles Superior Court, and launched a secondary action against TV network NBC Universal and the show's star Donald Trump. Both cases were settled over the weekend (20-21MAY06) according to Bethea's lawyer RONALD MAKAREM.