Film producer Gary Binkow has sued Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne for allegedly using his ideas without crediting him for their hit MTV series.
In a complaint filed in L.A. Superior Court, Binkow, who is currently exec producing “Neverland” with Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, said he came up with an idea for a “real-life docu-sitcom” about an aging rocker who comes off the road after 30 years and has to learn how to be a dad.
Binkow contacted Ozzy Osbourne and his family in January 1999 about it.
The Osbournes allegedly expressed an interest in the idea, and Binkow later had discussions with Miramax Television about the show.
In 2000 the Osbournes agreed that Binkow and writer Stephen Banks would write a presentation pilot to give to agents and executives, Binkow maintains in the suit. Binkow and Banks then allegedly interviewed the family at their Beverly Hills home.
Binkow eventually completed a treatment called “Ozzie and Harried,” according to the suit. Binkow registered the treatment with the WGA in January 2000. He allegedly didn’t find out about the MTV series until this year.
Suit, filed by Binkow’s attorney Bruce Broillet, alleges breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. It seeks unspecified compensatory damages as well as punitive damages.