“Black-ish” creator, Kenya Barris is allegedly being sued for cutting out co-writer of the hit ABC series. Reportedly, Barris’s college friend, Bryan Barber claims he co-wrote the script based on his life. Barber claims that Barris used his idea for the show without his “knowledge or authorization” and went ahead to write, develop, and shop the pilot to networks.
According to Barber, in 2006, they both came together and began to brainstorm a script about a show that focuses in on the “black experience” through the eyes of a “successful creative and affluent black man who works in a mostly white entertainment industry.” Barber states that he and Barris made an agreement to base the show on his life for shared profit. However, the two decided to go their separate ways prior to the airing of the show in September 2014.
Barber is suing the show’s production company and Barris for $1 million dollars. He is also requesting writer and co creator credits on the show. The lawsuit comes just two days after Barris signed a feature films deal with 20th Century Fox. Barris’s reps have yet to release a statement over the lawsuit.