August 24, 2005
"Lost" lawsuit

Can you picture the TV show "Lost" as a Sid and Marty Krofft production? That's what this lawsuit says.

A Los Angeles writer has sued ABC and producer Touchstone Television for allegedly appropriating his 1977 television concept "Lost" for the network's current hit.

Anthony Spinner filed the suit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking unspecified damages for claims including breach of contract and fraud.

Spinner claims that he was hired by Sid and Marty Krofft Prods. in 1977 to write, produce and develop a script for a TV program to be produced by ABC that was titled "Lost". It was about a group of airplane crash survivors who struggle to survive in a jungle where they encounter strange creatures and dangerous characters.

Spinner said the assignment was memorialized in a written contract among himself, Krofft and ABC. He said he was entitled to a "written by" and "created by" credit as well as episodic royalties, producing fees and a percentage of the profits.

I'll bet the depositions for this one will be a hoot. One minor nitpick: Unlike Mac, I say this means it'll be Sleestaks inside the mysterious underground chamber.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 24, 2005 to TV and movies | TrackBack

Nah, not scary enough, try Pink Lady and Jeff instead.

Posted by: Eddie on August 24, 2005 3:04 PM

:^D :^D Let me guess, they were being chased around by H. R. PuffnStuff?

Posted by: ttyler5 on August 24, 2005 3:39 PM

I think it'll be Sigmund and the Sea Monsters in the secret chamber. :-)

Side note: Did you know that Bill Laimbeer of Detroit Pistons "Bad Boy" era fame was a Sleestak? I've seen the footage during an interview on NBA TV.

Posted by: William Hughes on August 24, 2005 7:21 PM