Well, isn't that interesting. Looks like BRAVO
is at it again.
Well, in the summer of 2004, I pitched a sitcom
idea to the BRAVO network through a situation
comedy writing contest which they sponsored. The
contest was for a show called "Situation:
Comedy. It was designed to chronicle the
activities of new writers as they struggle to
put together a new show.
Rules of the game required that writers submit a
script of their proposed sitcom. The winners
would be asked to fly to Hollywood to turn their
script into a show. This activity would be
filmed and thus be the premise for the show.
Well, being a librarian, I noted that shows
about librarians on TV were few and far between,
so I decided to take up the quill and write a
sitcom based on an idea I've had for years.
My idea was about a well-endowed woman who got
hired as a librarian in a small library. Her
ample torso earned her the nickname "Stacks."
The name of the script I submitted to BRAVO was
called "Sticks and Stacks"
The script follows the day-to-day happenings in
a small library. Sort of a BARNEY MILLER with
Recurring characters included a young male named
Sticks who frequented the library to visit his
mentor, an eccentric veteran librarian with a
British accent. He was a former aviator with a
very vivid imagination. "Stacks" was the newest
hire to the library and would become the
romantic interest for Sticks, the male lead on
Well, much to my surprise, in the early winter
of 2004, I got wind of a new show that the FOX
network was planning for Pam Anderson. It was
about a well-endowed female who takes a job at a
small bookstore. The woman is obviously
"Stacked" but that is not her nickname, it is
the name of the "bookstore."
One of the recurring regulars to the bookstore
is an eccentric man with a mustache (played by
Christopher Lloyd). He was a retired rocket
As soon as I read that, I cried "What the
As I compared the storyline I submitted, It was
obvious that the major points of my story had
been lifted and the story was reversed
engineered. The fact that the show was rushed
into production was also suspicious.
But, at the time, I thought what am I going to
do? I just a little guy. I don't know anyone in
Hollywood who can advise me and so I dropped the
The idea, however, that someone read my script,
was inspired by the storyline and yet, gave me
no acknowledgement, was a bitter pill to
Well, now with this recent lawsuit being filed,
I think that I may try to pursue some avenue of
Luckily, my original work was registered with
the Writer's Guild of America in July 2004,
before I submitted "Sticks and Stacks" to the
BRAVO Sitcom competition for new and aspiring
The fact that I did register the work, might
come in handy, and I advise all writers to
register any of their works - at least to prove
time of creation.
Who knows. I just might be able to get a list of
the judges from the BRAVO competition (who read
the scripts) and match them with the creators of
the new show STACKED.
Possibly, like a CSI forensic scientist, I will
be able to piece together a trail of evidence
that will prove that indeed there was collusion,
and maybe I will win some respect in the end.
As for IVAN SCHWARTZ. the man who is handling
the above stated lawsuit, I'd love it, if he
contacted me. Maybe I can piggy-back onto the
existing lawsuit, or, at the very least, offer
some evidence to the fact that some people in
Hollywood would rather procure ideas illegally
from novice writers than pay them what their
ideas are worth.
I don't know if anyone else in the audience
suspects they, too, have been ripped off, but
feel free to send me your thoughts on the
matter. At the very least, I'd be glad to
commiserate with you.
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