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Dick Wolf Being Sued by Writer over Planned NYC FBI Documentary
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27 Apr 2017 04:05 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Dick Wolf (Image Source: Angela George via Wikimedia Commons)

For a while there, it seemed as if you just couldn't turn on the TV without seeing one of the many Law & Order series in the franchise.

But now with only one first-run series left, creator Dick Wolf has his hands in the Chicago franchise and is also branching out into reality TV.

Having also had the unscripted series Nightwatch on A&E for a few years, Wolf is now creating a series that's an intimate look inside the FBI's New York field office, Inside the FBI: New York. But Stephanie Little says he didn't create it on his own.

Little is a writer, producer, and actress and supports herself waitressing. She claims she originally set up the meeting between Tom Thayer of Dick Wolf Reality and Ann Beagan, who works in the office for public affairs for the FBI.

The 45-year-old Little filed a lawsuit against Dick Wolf Reality in the Supreme Court this week. She is claiming that she "played a critical role in making key introductions between the FBI and Wolf Reality and in the early development of the show, but has since been lied to and cut out of the production."

She alleges in her lawsuit that she met Beagan while she was doing research at the FBI for another project. She introduced her to Thayer "for purposes of discussing a potential reality television show focusing on the FBI."

The suit goes on to claim that "despite repeated promises from Mr. Thayer that Ms. Little would be compensated for her critical role, after she had served Wolf Reality's purpose, she was lied to and cut out of communications for the show."

Further, Thayer even told her there was "no show" and access to the FBI was denied, even though it had been approved by Director James Comey.

Imagine Little's shock when she found the show had been picked up by USA. The suit is asking for producer credit for her, appropriate compensation per episode, and a percentage of any spinoffs.

"Our complaint was filed in light of Wolf Reality's failure to acknowledge Stephanie's role in the production," said Jordan W. Siev, Little's attorney.

"[Wolf] and his representatives have not seen the complaint, and they do not comment on litigation matters," said a rep for Wolf, while a rep for executive producer Mark Levin explained, "Anne Beagan has known Dick Wolf for 20 years. Stephanie Little had nothing to do with this project."

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