Two television producers filed a lawsuit yesterday against ABC Family Channel and Disney, saying that a story idea they pitched unsuccessfully later became a movie with many of the same ideas.
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by Beth Grossbard and Barri Rosenblum, argues that in 2005 they pitched an idea called 'I Hate Christmas' to the network. They described the idea as a “girl’s version of the film Groundhog Day with its own unique twist.”
The duo provided ABC Family with an eight-page treatment. ABC Family considered the project for some time but ultimately told them that they would not be going forward with the project.
Fast forward to 2011, when they see an ad for an ABC Family film called 'The 12 Dates of Christmas,' which they say mirrored their concept and used many specific elements they had discussed in the meeting. One of the producers of that film was Beth Miller, who was ABC Family director of development at the time they pitched their idea and sat in on the meetings.
Grossbard and Rosenblum primarily focus on Christmas movies. They have successfully sold 'The Christmas Shoes' to CBS, as well as its sequel, 'The Christmas Blessing.' In addition, they have sold 'The Christmas Hope' to Lifetime.
What do you make of this?