Legal Whispers: Tatyana Ali Sues Warner Brothers and Telepictures for STEALING 'The Real' Concept
Whoa, this came out of nowhere.
Tatyana Ali from the hit series 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' claims that Warner Bros and Telepictures stole her idea for the daytime talk show 'The Real.' Tatyana says she came up with the concept for the show and pitched to execs in 2012; they they declined her idea, but announced the project a few months later.
I would just suck my teeth and shake my head on this matter because I've heard stories like this before, but not this time. Tatiana Ali is not some crazy attention seeking missile looking for a quick come up. It's Tatiana Ali for petey's sake.
Tatyana is a Harvard graduate. She's been in the business since 1987. Tatiana traveled the United States as a spokesperson for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and headed voter registration drives at college campuses. Her entertainment accolades are nothing to sleep on either.
She's released two albums, appeared in 12 television projects, appeared in 29 films, and won 3 NAACP awards. Yeah, I'm interested to see how this plays out. I know first hand how folks will steal the ish out your ideas. Trust me.
Brainstorming and hard work toward a brand is a thing of the past now-a-days. These dirty maggots will snip away at your brand like it's nothing. I hope she gets exactly what she deserves.
Tatyana Ali says she came up with the concept for the show and eventually pitched to execs in 2012 but was told they “decided to decline.” The Real debuted about six months later as “a direct production” of the concept she hatched, according to the suit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here). “With a great deal of disappointment and complete disbelief,” the suit says, Ali “witnessed [her] concept come to life on major network television at the hands of the Defendant Corporations.”
“The five female host panel cast members very closely embody and mirror the personal and professional profiles of the specific and potential female celebrity hosts openly proposed in writing and in discussion by the Plaintiff during ‘pitch’ meetings she held with the Executives,” the suit says. “The Defendant Corporations did not at any time, directly or indirectly, acknowledge the use of the Plaintiff’s Concept.” The show later was greenlighted for national syndication that fall and remains on the air and in renewed through 2018 in the spring.
The execs who were at that meeting in December 2012 were Hilary Estes McLoughlin, then-president of creative affairs at CBS Television Distribution, and Sheila Bouttier, who was SVP Development at Telepictures Productions. Both are named as defendants along with Warner Bros Entertainment, Warner Bros Domestic Television Distribution and Telepictures.
Wow, if they took her idea, then had the audacity not to so much as add her to the panel or name her as a producer, that's a hard stinging slap in the face.
Tatyana is currently to engaged to Vaughn Rasberry, assistant professor of English at Stanford University and they are expecting their first child. Congrats and good luck Tatyana.
Via Deadline (edited to include my whispers)