December 15th, 2011

American Bar Association

Would-Be Producer to Sue Discovery Channel’s Parent Company, Says ‘Weed Wars’ TV Show Was Her Idea

A lawsuit to be filed today asserts that Weed Wars—a reality show that follows the day-to-day action at a California medicinal marijuana dispensary—was the brainchild of one Kylie Krabbe, who was not paid for it.

But Krabbe “isn’t your normal person off the street who says, ‘Yeah, I came up with the idea,’ ” her lawyer, Devin A. McRae of Los Angeles-based Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae told the Daily Journal (sub. req.) on Wednesday.

According to the complaint McRae announced would be filed today, Krabbe’s idea won a 2010 Council on International Non Theatrical Events “5 on 5 for 5” Pitch Session contest. After that, Krabbe developed the show she titled Greener Pastures; cast the owner of a Santa Barbara marijuana dispensary; registered her treatment with the Writers Guild of America; and pitched it to Discovery, which took a pass.

Discovery soon took Krabbe’s idea to another producer who built Weed Wars around an Oakland, Calif., marijuana dispensary, the complaint states.

Source: Sarah Randag, ABA Journal