Oprah & Tyler Perry Hit With Federal Lawsuit Over OWN’s Orignal Series ‘The Haves & The Have Nots’
From Madame Noire:
Parables Entertainment and its executive Vanessa Lynn has filed a federal lawsuit against Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, claiming they stole the idea for their hit show The Haves and the Have Nots. The lawsuit targets Oprah’s production company and Tyler Perry himself.
According to the story, first posted by The Jasmine Brand, Lynn says she wrote a screenplay called Affairs and had it copyrighted. That script — about a man running for mayor of a small town and his drama-filled family– was made into a play in 2008 then became available as a video on demand in 2011. The lawsuit seeks an injunction to cease the copyright infringement of the OWN program and a piece of the money made from the successful show.
The Haves and the Have Nots is scheduled to return to the network on May 27 at 9 pm ET, this coming Tuesday. The show left off on March 11 with a “network high ratings,” reports TV By the Numbers, with 3.6 million viewers. OWN ordered another 20 episodes to air through 2015.
At this point, with so many lawsuits tossed at people in the entertainment industry over stolen ideas, we wonder how executives like Oprah react when they get news of another case.