Film Fridays: Screenwriter Sues Disney Over Muppet Reboot

Jeffrey Scott, a veteran TV screenwriter who wrote for the original Muppet Babies series in 1983, is suing Dismisappropriatedght infringement, breach of contract, and fraud, all stemming from his 1983 contract with Marvel Production and the Jim Henson Company. Scott says Disney has allegedly “misapproprated Kermit and Piggy elements,” that he says he owns. The lawsuit explains that Scott’s original contract for the Muppet TV show, “partially oral and partially reflected in portions of the unsigned agreements” — he got $12,000 per script, plus a $3,500 royalty for each new episode produced, plus a “Developed for Television by” credit, which Marvel gave him. Still, he’s been denied on Disney’s reboot.” 

“Scott is the registered owner of the copyright in the Muppet Babies production bible,” states the complaint. “The Muppet Babies Production Bible created the show’s nursery setting, the child versions of the characters, the mix of entertainment and education, and the blueprint for its stories. Scott created, developed, and refined character traits, running gags associated with each character, and the characters’ relationships with each other.”


– Excerpt from an article for The Hollywood Reporter by Eriq Gardner. Read the full article
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