A legal case has emerged over an ABC KIDS pre-school animation Bubble Bath Bay.
The Herald Sun reports Melbourne writer Annie Duncan is claiming ABC rejected her pitch, named Buster, in 2010, but that in 2011 the ABC “had 13 pages of emails with a third party” about her concept.
The series debuted on ABC4KIDS in 2015, produced by Essential Media and Entertainment production in association with Shambles Communications, Ideate Media, Telegael Teoranta and Lemon Sky. It was later renamed as Sydney Sailboat.
“The Harbour: Buster and Jack Series” was published in 2014.
Duncan is suing ABC in the Federal Court, arguing that the “similarities between Bubble Bath Bay, Buster the Brave Little Wooden Boat and Buster and Jack are so similar as it could not be said to be a coincidence.”
The ABC declined to comment as the case was before the courts.