GLENDALE, AZ - Last time we spoke with Jessica Sneed she was out nearly $500, after paying an entertainment company to develop her personal journals into a movie.
"They told me that my story is very interesting and that they would like to share it with the world," Jessica said.
She says they even had an actress in mind
"He said Ann Heche should play me," she said.
So Jessica paid their $495 fee and says the salesman told her to expect two things:
"My journal be developed into a story and then he was going to copyright it for me, " said Jessica.
Instead, she says she got some promotional paperwork about television networks and a DVD about New Show Studios.
"It's nothing I that I can't find online for myself," Jessica said.
Jessica says to get more services she'd need a concept package, and to spend a lot more money -- up to $12,000.
"I said I can't afford this. I'm a single parent, I'm sick, I can't do this. He said ‘OK.’ And I never heard from him again," she said.
So she let me know.
On its website, New Show Studios says it has "helped everyday people prepare and present their ideas to entertainment companies for possible licensing."
I spoke with New Show Studios' attorney George Crompton and asked him what she was supposed to get for $495.
“You get access to our agent and research on your show," said Crompton. "What we would think are things you need to know to develop your concept."
"Similar shows that have already been produced," he said. "Audience data, who watches those shows, what networks they watch them on, what kind of archetype it fits within in terms of character development and show development."
He went on to say all the details are in her agreed upon contract.
"It tells them this is high risk and there is very little likelihood that your idea will be licensed or result in profit to you," Crompton said.
He's right. It is explained in the disclosure agreement. But Jessica says she didn't even receive that.
I asked how many shows they have actually licensed.
"The company has not licensed any shows yet," Crompton said.
Though he says there has been some interest.
It's a setback for Jessica, but she says her story isn't over, and she's still looking to make it big.
"I would like diabetics and mentally ill people, addicts, abused people, to read it and say ‘oh she's struggled through a lot of things but overcome it and so can I,’" Jessica said.
But for now, her story is a reminder to get everything you talk about in writing and read everything you sign.
New Show Studios agreed to refund Jessica's money after she told them she did not receive the promised research.
True to their word, within a few weeks they put the money back in her account.
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