Kordesia Hester v. Nickelodeon Studios and Viacom Inc., Case No. EC050247
Who created the concept for the hit Nickelodeon show “True Jackson, VP”?
Kordesia Hester, a New York corrections officer at Rikers Island, claims she did, and that Nickelodeon Studios stole her idea, according to a lawsuit filed in Burbank Superior Court. Hester got an e-mail about a Nickelodeon event, which was asking writers with diverse backgrounds to create a two-minute pitch for a unique show idea. Hester, a single mother, and her daughter worked on their pitch and came up with a situational comedy called “Chad Starr the EXEkidTIVE.”
Their story was about a black teen struggling to balance his ordinary adolescence while operating a successful entertainment company, according to the lawsuit. Hester flew to Long Beach for the event in October 2007 and pitched her story to the studio’s vice president, Roland Poindexter. He took her written version in exchange for his business card. She returned home and got a call from Poindexter’s secretary, who wanted to set up a conference call. But the call was never set up, and Hester’s calls to Poindexter were never returned.