Gilmore Girls Netflix revival: Original producer Gavin Polone suing
Not everyone is totally on board with Netflix Gilmore Girls‘ revival. Gavin Polone, an original producer of the show, filed a lawsuit Friday against Warner Bros. Television for breach of contract, according to court documents acquired by EW. He’s seeking at least $195,000 in damages.
According to the complaint, Polone developed the original show in fall 1999 with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. Polone, who was an executive producer on the show, had language in his contract that permitted him to $32,500 for each episode produced after 2003 and a percentage of funds earned by the show.
The alleged hang-up comes with the classification for Netflix’s revival, according to the court documents. When Polone reached out for compensation, Warner Bros. TV declined to pay by classifying the four 90-minute episodes as “derivative works based on the television series Gilmore Girls,” per the suit. Warner Bros. TV also does not consider the four new installments as “a ‘television series,’ because they are being produced for Netflix, rather than a traditional broadcast network.”
Most everyone from the original cast is back in Stars Hollow. The titular stars — Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel — and creator Sherman-Palladino lead the way, along with Melissa McCarthy, Scott Patterson, Keiko Agena, and more.
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This isn’t the first time Polone has sued over Gilmore Girls. He filed a complaint in 2008 against Warner Bros. TV and The WB for breach of contract. That lawsuit claimed the two parties “have colluded to defraud the originator of hit Gilmore Girls television series with a scheme that rivals the greed and bravado of any story line defendants could script,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Netflix and Warner Bros. TV declined to comment.