Television writer Jack Bunick filed a suit April 11th in New York against Jennifer Lopez's Nuyorican Productions, CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc, claiming all of the parties has stolen his idea to be used for the nowadays-popular TV series "South Beach".
Bunick's lawsuit claims "South Beach," a TV series executive-produced by Lopez that debuted Jan. 11 on UPN, mirrors a script he wrote in 1999 for a pilot episode of a show which would have been called "South Beach Miami."
As of Bunick's script, it tells about two young men from Brooklyn who travel to South Beach, where one of them quickly gets involved with the club and modeling scenes. Whereas, that of UPN's is about best friends Matt and Vincent, who "abandon their world as they know it and head to the alluring paradise of sandy beaches, beautiful people and hot spots in glamorous South Beach."
Bunick further alleged that his agent spoke to a UPN executive and sent a copy of his script to her in February 2000 but the network never contacted him. And so he is seeking monetary damages and an injunction barring further broadcasting of "South Beach," which aired Wednesdays at 8 p.m. but has been canceled.