Showtime Ripped Off ‘Ray Donovan’ Concept, Screenwriter’s Lawsuit Claims

Somebody wants a piece of Showtime’s Ray Donovan. Specifically that someone is one Brian Larsen, who is claiming that the premium channel lifted his idea to create the hit Hollywood-fixer series starring Liev Schreiber. Southland creator Ann Biderman is credited with coming up with Donovan and is an EP on the Mark Gordon Company show. Not so, says Larsen, though neither Binderman nor Gordon is named as a defendant. In an 11-page breach of implied contract and breach of confidence complaint filed February 13 in L.A. Superior Court (read it here), the seemingly creditless Larsen and his Radical Pictures LLC  says Donovan “mimics” his 2009 fixer concept The Swissman. Touting that the series has “enriched Defendants to the tune of millions of dollars,” Larsen wants Donovan stopped via an injunction and is seeking wide ranging but unspecified damages of more than $25,000.

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The basic gist of the jury trial seeking complaint is that former Showtime Original Programming VP Danielle Gelber, who is called a “development executive” in the complaint, took a meeting with Larsen on his concept and WGA register script on November 5, 2010. Larsen’s idea was about a San Francisco-based fixer who discreetly handles high-profile clients problems and has a messed-up family – like Donovan but more Northern California than SoCal. (more…)

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