Disney Sued For Hannah Montana Plot

Disney executives behind Miley Cyrus‘ show Hannah Montana are being sued by a screenwriter who claims the series is based on a script he wrote in 1990.
[A little late?!]
Richard Fronduto filed a lawsuit at Los Angeles County Superior Court stating that he wrote the idea for a show called The Secret Life of Sindi, which eventually became The Family Business.

Fronduto claims he pitched this script to Disney, who liked the idea so much they asked him to turn it into a two-hour pilot episode.

The papers reveal that Fronduto found numerous similarities between his discarded pilot episode and the Hannah Montana show, with both featuring a teenage girl who leads a double life as an ordinary teen and successful pop star.

Both shows allegedly contained a ‘single-dad’ character who acts as the teen’s manager.

Fronduto is asking for a ‘Created by’ credit on all future publications and broadcasts of Hannah, as well as damages. Disney was previously sued by another screenwriter, Buddy Sheffield, in 2007, who also claimed to have created the concept for the hit show.’

  • Anonymous
  • *jonascyruslovatolove*

    ugh, so what? many people could’ve make that idea xD

  • DUFFY

    HAHA IM GLAD .. SERIOUSLY.. THAT SHOW SUCKS ..

  • Anonymous
  • m

    OLD NEWS

  • Anonymous

    fail
    hm > all

  • Anonymous

    Uhh no. I’m not even a huge fan but Hannah Montana is easily in the top three Disney shows ATM. (Phineas and Ferb is my favorite, it’s so cute).

  • Anonymous

    hhaaha..disney has too much $$ anyways.

  • Anonymous

    how idiotic. if it didn’t work for the first guy, why would it work now? sigh. some people will sue over everything.

  • Paola

    WOW
    yea sure sue them now that he show is HUGE
    i bet if it hadnt become such a huge hit they wouldnt have cared
    I dislike Hannah Montana but i really hope those people lose the lawsuite

  • Diana

    i think i’ll pretend to make a show about wizards then sue disney…maybe with luck it will go off air
    ———————————————–
    is kinda similar to Savrina the teenager witch so you are kinda late, Wizards is the lamest show on tv. like really stupid, I really like Hannah Montana and Suite life on Deck is hilarious, probably the most originla show the DC has.

  • sam

    man how many people want to get on this money ride the plot is good but miley makes the character come to life!

  • Serena

    ok seriously how many people does it take to come up with a character who leads a double life (i love hannah montana btw im jus sayin), these people need to stop trying to get money off disney, its probably because hannah montana is such a hit which is why they want their name shoved in with it aswell XD
    p.s plz dont hate im jus sharin my opinion (:

  • kayla

    ….

  • Anonymous

    why would you even want to admit you thought of that shitty show first.

  • Snippi

    There are a TON of stories, movies, and even comic books with a similar plot. It’s not an original idea. I could say they stole the idea from me because I wrote a similar story about five years ago…

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t we ALL say as created it…..we might get money too by the way this seems to be going ( it seems like everyone created it)

  • Anonymous

    i love hannah montana!

  • Nikki

    why the hell would anyone want to admit that they came up with this show?
    this show is a failure!!

  • Anonymous

    fail

  • emma

    you copied that from perezhilton.com word for word

  • Anonymous

    What picture of her and Nick?

  • kj

    LOLZ!
    That show is sooooo stupid!

  • Anonymous

    are you fucking kidding me?
    Hate Miley or not… this show is mega successful.
    Ranked number one since it aired..
    Brought Disney back up.
    Disney was going to be cut after Lizzie MccQuire finished.
    It went downhill so badly.
    Hannah Montana brought it back up.
    Miley brought in millions and millions of dollars off of that show.
    So bitch, please. GTFO.

  • nancy

    this is funny xD haha disney
    channel, in my opinion, messed up
    Walt Disney’s plan of Disney!

  • Anonymous

    umm oceanup.. way to be late! this news is OLDD! it was like in the beggining of 2008! way to be late! having a slow news day again????

  • ….

    Arent they a little late?!?!

  • Anonymous

    i think i’ll pretend to make a show about wizards then sue disney…maybe with luck it will go off air
    ———————————————–
    is kinda similar to Savrina the teenager witch so you are kinda late, Wizards is the lamest show on tv. like really stupid, I really like Hannah Montana and Suite life on Deck is hilarious, probably the most originla show the DC has.

    ———————–

    Yea. Sabrina has better effects then wizards…theirs suck

  • Alexis

    I heard about this, like, last year, maybe 2007 and it’s been on the wikipedia article for Hannah Montana for a while, too

    Still, it’s pretty pathetic that they’re trying to sue. I mean, if Hannah Montana weren’t such a big hit, they wouldn’t have bothered, if their claims ARE true, (which I doubt)

  • Anonymous

    i think i’ll pretend to make a show about wizards then sue disney…maybe with luck it will go off air

  • Anonymous

    well no one cares now
    hannah montana is a phenomenon and so is miley cyrus whats the point of sueing them now

  • jenna

    iam back.. call me jenna :)
    ill be posting one of the rarest pictures
    of selena/demi/miley each day.

    yesterday i post selena with nick picture

    ;;so for today: selena with david
    http://s486.photobucket.com/albums/rr224/terayonxx/l_c06278c2d1b84e398cc89b7bab8c0756.jpg

    looks really cute.

  • Anonymous

    i dont see wahy this is a big deal. disney is NEVER orignal with their plots.

  • steph

    Ummm THIS IS SOOOO FUCKKIN OLLDD!!!
    I heard about this like last year whoopie dooo
    MILEY CYRUS STIL ROCKS!

  • Anonymous

    Shit. It was only a matter of time before Disney fucked up.

  • steph

    Haha GOOD IDEA!!

  • Anonymous

    this show is stupid. it is not funny all. it has
    amateur actors(mainly miley and her dad eck). who
    would enjoy watching a bunch of hicks? unless u
    are a simpleton urself.

    can’t wait for miley to be washed up and useless
    to disney. no one other than disney would employ
    her. everyone else can see through her for the trailer park trash that she is-with no real acting or singing
    abilities what so ever.

  • Nikki

    are you fucking kidding me?
    Hate Miley or not… this show is mega successful.
    Ranked number one since it aired..
    Brought Disney back up.
    Disney was going to be cut after Lizzie MccQuire finished.
    It went downhill so badly.
    Hannah Montana brought it back up.
    Miley brought in millions and millions of dollars off of that show.
    So bitch, please. GTFO.
    ————-
    calm down sweetie.
    i was just sharing my oppinion like everyone else so GET OVER IT!!!

  • Anonymous

    Miley sucks. end of story.

  • Anonymous

    go suck selena’s dick.

  • Anonymous

    go fuck yourself

  • Anonymous

    LOL.

  • Wilnete
  • Anonymous

    I love Hannah Montana

  • Anonymous

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    The end.

  • jenn

    first?

  • iona

    haha
    thats hilarious
    Although, with the current economical downturn, i would sue if i could o-O

  • Anonymous

    …. no

  • Anonymous

    Miley sucks. end of story.

    —-

    You & Selena suck. end of story.

  • Anonymous

    first

  • Anonymous

    IT’S ONLY STEALING IF THEY HEARD THE IDEA SOMEWHERE ELSE.
    IT’S NOT IF THEY’VE NEVER HEARD OF IT.
    A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE HAVE THIS IDEA.

  • olivia

    NO.
    I’M THE ONE WHO CAME UP WITH THE PLOT FOR THIS SHOW, DANGIT.

  • Tiffany

    Wow…a little late, pal?

    And also, no offense to anyone, but the concept of a girl who leads a double life isn’t extremely creative. I love Hannah Montana, but it isn’t the most original idea for a TV show – so I think these people should get over it. How long has it been on the air? 3 years?

  • Anonymous

    OMG!!
    hope the movie still airs!!

  • Anonymous

    LOL
    This already happened, but with another dude. Seems like everyone wants to cash in on the HM train. It’s all bullshit, of course.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannah_Montana#Lawsuit

  • Anonymous

    lol @ all these middle-aged men trying to make money off of hannah montana. come on, dudes, have some dignity.

    (it’s still my favorite show on dc… secretly)

  • Anonymous

    what a loser.

  • Anonymous

    sorry. caps lock. :|

  • Anonymous

    you americans and your suing… sue this and sue that, can’t you just stop beeing so greedy.

  • Anonymous

    Really?!? it’s not that much of an original idea guys!! and i’m sure TWO of you didn’t come up with the same idea!!! i hope ya’ll loose your law suit!! Not to be mean but seriously maybe…idk…YOU SHOULD HAVE SAID SOMETHING SOONER!!!!!!!!!!! :P