LOS ANGELES (CN) – Hollywood screenwriter Anthony Spinner says ABC developed its hit show “Lost” from a pilot script it asked him to write more than 30 years ago, but refused to pay or credit him.
In 1977, ABC hired Sid and Marty Krofft Productions to write a script for a TV show pilot, Spinner claims in Superior Court.
Spinner says he who worked for the production company and wrote a 121-page script, which he called “Lost.” He says ABC told him it would not use the script, which he pitched two more times, in 1991 and 1994.
Spinner claims ABC stiff-armed him again in 2004, when it used his script to develop “Lost.”
Spinner claims he has “completely owned all television rights for (the show for) more than twenty years.”
He says it took three years of litigation in an underlying lawsuit to get his former employer, Sid and Marty Krofft Productions, to concede that he had independent ownership to the “Lost” script.
Spinner seeks royalties, profits and damages. He is represented by Steven Sklaver with Susman Godfrey.