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Greenleaf Own Allegedly Stolen From Screenwriter

By Firstladyb

FirstLadyB| Black Christian Entertainment News

Greenleaf Own Allegedly Stolen From Screenwriter
A screenwriter is suing Oprah Winfrey for allegedly stealing her Greenleaf idea.

TMZ, is reporting that Screenwriter  Shannan Lynette Wynn, is claiming that she teamed up with a Pastor to create a Megachurch drama called “Justice & Glory.”

Wynn claims they met with Oprah’s team at OWN in fall 2014 and pitched their idea … and got great feedback.

According to the docs … they were lured by OWN for more ideas and versions of their pitch, but eventually got cut off. Years later, they claim “Greenleaf” premiered and featured the exact same characters and storylines from their original pitch.

The show credits, list Craig Wright as creator. Wright, who use to be a Pastor, talked with The Hollywood Reporter awhile ago,  about how he and Oprah met during the networks “Belief” screening (which was in 2015), and the church drama was born.

Greenleaf Own Allegedly Stolen From Screenwriter

I met Oprah when she made a documentary series for OWN called Belief. I got invited to come to a screening to give my thoughts before it aired. She and I started talking and she found out I used to be a minister, so she started telling me stories about her history in the black church and I started telling her stories about my history in the white/everything else church and it just grew.

We declared early on that our intention with this show was to lovingly and respectfully interrogate the black church, not to tear it down at all but to make it even better by asking tough questions. We both had experiences where we tried to ask more questions than people wanted to answer. I asked a question of my boss one time at the church, and he said, “Craig, you can either work for the church or on the church, but you can’t do both.”

We will definitely be staying on top of this story…


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