December 16th, 2011
The Hollywood Reporter
Discovery Communications has been sued by a woman who claims the company’s Discovery channel stole the idea for its new medical-marijuana docuseries Weed Wars.
In a detailed lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Kylie Krabbe claims she came up with the idea of creating a reality series based on a medical marijuana dispensary and took it to an organized pitch session in 2010, where she won the right to pitch Discovery executives. Krabbe says she then developed a show to be called Greener Pastures, featuring the proprietor of a pot dispensary in Santa Barbara, and registered the treatment with the WGA before pitching Discovery execs.
According to the suit, Discovery initially expressed interest but ultimately passed on the show, calling it too “edgy” for the network. But Krabbe believes the network had decided to move forward with another producer, Chuck Braverman, who developed what would become Weed Wars, about a dispensary in Oakland, Calif. That show premiered Dec. 1 on Discovery.
Krabbe, repped by Devin McRae at Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae, wants damages for breach of implied contract.
We’ve reached out to Discovery for comment. The network does not comment on pending litigation.
Source: Matthew Belloni, The Hollywood Reporter