Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Did Bishop Clarence E. McClendon Steal the Idea for Preachers of L.A.?

Preachers of L.A. reality star Bishop Clarence E. McClendon and Oxygen network producers are being sued by McClendon's former business partner for stealing her idea for a reality show…

Anna Giuffrida, a 20 year business partner of Bishop McClendon, is suing the Bishop, Oxygen Media, and Oxygen network exec Rod Aissa claiming they cut the deal for Preachers of L.A. behind her back.

Anna claims she and Bishop came up with the idea for a reality show featuring him as an, "urban African-American mega-pastor", and pitched the idea to several networks in 2011, including the OWN network where Rod Aissa was an executive at the time.

Anna claims when Rod moved over to the Oxygen network he reconnected with Bishop McClendon and hatched 'Preachers of L.A' in 2013, leaving her out in the cold.

Anna claims she after confronted the Bishop he told her there was nothing in writing between them so he owed her nothing.

Anna Giuffrida is suing for breach of confidence, breach of contract, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and unfair business practices. She is seeking unspecified damages. 

'Preachers of L.A.' is one of the highest rated shows on Oxygen.