For a little while, Johnny Test has had a second life as the Cartoon Network’s other go to show (the main one being Ben 10, Now in the Ommiverse series). But David Straiton, a successful Live action TV writer, soon to direct in the new ABC S.H.I.E.L.D. (the second episode), is now suing both Scott Fellows and Jack Mackie Media, for fraud, and Accounting malfeasance.
Dominic Patten from Deadline explains:
…he and Fellows came up with the Johnny Test show idea back in 1995. They partnered on the concept and even tried unsuccessfully to pitch it to various networks and cable stations. Seems after that didn’t work out, Straiton dropped the project to move on to other things. Fellows, according to today’s complaint of constructive fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and accounting, did not. He kept at in and eventually sold the show to the WB a few years later without compensating or even telling Straiton, the suit alleges.
C. Edwards over in Cartoon Brew continued:
Straiton has a good reason for waiting eight years to make his claim. He says in court documents that he has no familiarity with the children’s television market because he is an “adult and primetime drama television director.” Further, even though he has a daughter, she hadn’t seen the show because “his child was not permitted to watch television or movies until this year, pursuant to the rules of her preschool and elementary schools, which adhere to the Waldorf education philosophy.
This isn’t without precedent, however. In the mid 2000’s the creators of “The Angry Beavers” sued Nickelodeon for up to 20 million dollars for breach of contract and back pay. This is also one of the major sticking points when comes to the WGA and the major studios. But co-creators don’t always bicker over money. Johnny Test is one of the cheaper shows made, and if Mr Straiton does win, it could lead the show into unknown waters.
Watch this space for more.