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Abbott Elementary Creator Quinta Brunson and ABC Sued For Copyright Infringement

Emmy nominated, creator Quinta Brunson and ABC have been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit.

According to TheWrap Christine Davis, an aspiring writer, actress and performer claims that Brunson and ABC used the premise of her show, “This School Year,” to create “Abbott Elementary” and did so without Davis’ consent.

The suit also claims that elements of Abbott, such as the “look and feel of the inner-city school, the mockumentary style, unique plot synopsis, set design and unique characters” were taken from her script.

This School Year, which is set at a New York City public school, was registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 2020, and with the Writers Guild of America in 2021. Abbott premiered on ABC and streaming service Hulu in December. Davis is seeking damages of an unspecified amount and a jury trial.

Quinta Brunson is the first Black woman to earn three Emmy Nominations in the comedy categories in the same year for outstanding comedy series, lead actress in a comedy and writing for a comedy series. She is also the youngest Black woman ever nominated in the comedy acting category.

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