It took him a while to find out about it but David Straiton wants his money from the animated show he says he co-created and he wants to put his former business partner in front of a jury to get it. The journeyman TV director today filed a complaint (read it here) in LA Superior Court over Johnny Test against Big Time Rush EP Scott Fellows. Straiton, who has helmed episodes of House, Grimm, Netflix’s Hemlock Grove and the second episode of ABC’s upcoming Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.LD., says that he and Fellows came up with the Johnny Test show idea back in 1995. They partnered on the concept and even tried unsuccessfully to pitch it to various networks and cable stations. Seems after that didn’t work out, Straiton dropped the project to move on to other things. Fellows, according to today’s complaint of constructive fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and accounting, did not. He kept at in and eventually sold the show to the WB a few years later without compensating or even telling Straiton, the suit alleges. Johnny Test is about an 11-year-old boy and his two mega-genius sisters that debuted on the Kids’ WB block on September 17. 2005. The show stayed on the station until 2008 after it became the CW and now currently airs domestically on Cartoon Network in its sixth season. Fellows is credited as EP on the series as he is on Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush which he is also credited with creating. Because he “an adult,” as the complaint says and because he only recently let his daughter watch TV, Straiton only discovered Johnny Test on November 1, 2012 while looking though the on-screen guide on his TV. Less than three weeks later, he says he requested that Fellows and his Jack Mackie Pictures loanout company give “an accounting of revenues derived from Johnny Test pursuant to their partnership.” Fellows said “No,” according to Straiton and so we have today’s lawsuit. In this civil case of a value exceeding $25,000, the director is seeking damages up and possibly more than 50% of the money that Johnny Test has made, “the value of the credit Plaintiff failed to receive on Johnny Test,” punitive and other consequential damages plus interest, legal fees and whatever else the court will give him. David Straiton is represented by Thomas Brackey and Derek Lemkin of Beverly Hills firm Freund & Brackey LLP.
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