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Man Says ABC, Touchstone Stole His 'Lost' Idea

7/14/2009 5:06pm EDT
LostAccording to TMZ, Anthony Spinner, a producer on "Baretta" and "Babes in Toyland," says in a lawsuit that in the 1970s he was paid $30,000 to write a TV pilot, which eventually became a 121-page script called "Lost."

Spinner is suing ABC and Touchstone Television, claiming the network passed on the show in 1977, 1991 and 1994 only to create an exact replica with Touchstone in 2004. Spinner is suing for damages and a cut of royalties, profits and more. He tried to sue a few years ago, but the case was dismissed for procedural reasons.

There are a ton of similarities in Spinner's script and "Lost," including an "airplane headed to Los Angeles crashes into a tropical jungle-like environment." Both scripts also contain the use of flashbacks and similar character profiles.


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