Writer Sues Over Hannah Montana Claims
A screenwriter is suing the Disney bosses behind MILEY CYRUS' hit show HANNAH MONTANA - insisting the teen series is based on a script he wrote in 1990.
Richard Fronduto filed a lawsuit at Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday (28Jan09) stating that he penned the idea for a show called The Secret Life of Sindi, which eventually became The Family Business.
Fronduto claims he pitched this script to Disney executives, who liked the idea so much they asked him to turn it into a two-hour pilot episode.
The papers reveal that Fronduto found numerous similarities between his discarded pilot episode and the Hannah Montana show - with both featuring a teenage girl who leads a double life as an ordinary teen and successful pop star. Both programmes also allegedly contained a 'single-dad' character who acts as the teen's manager.
Fronduto is asking for a "Created by" credit on all future publications and broadcasts of Hannah Montana, as well as damages.
Bosses at the Walt Disney Company were previously sued by another screenwriter, Buddy Sheffield, in 2007, who also claimed to have created the concept for the hit show.