Gavin Polone has filed suit against the Gilmore Girls TV series revival coming to Netflix. In addition to Gilmore Girls, Polone was an EP on Twisted, which was cancelled by ABC Family (now Freeform) after one 19-episode season, and Jane By Design, which was cancelled by the same network, also after a single season. Povone executive produced Gilmore Girls from 2000 to 2007 and now, he says his contract stipulates that he should be paid.
According to a report in Variety, Povone argues, “…an agreement for the original series entitles him to payments for the revival. He contends that their agreement from 2000 and settlement agreement from 2002 entitles him to $32,500 for each episode produced after 2003, a percentage of the modified adjusted gross, and credit as executive producer in the opening title or main credit.”
Netflix is currently shooting a four-episode revival of the Gilmore Girls TV show.
Polone’s lawsuit contends that Warner Bros. has refused payment and has “made the absurd claim” that the revival are derivative works not covered by the original agreement. But Polone contends that it is merely a continuation of the series, which ran from 2000 to 2007.
His lawsuit also claims that Warner Bros. “appears to erroneously believe” the revival is not a television series because it is being produced for Netflix.
For what it is worth, often, the upcoming “episodes” of the Gilmore Girls reunion project are referred to as four “movies.” Polone’s other TV series credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, My Boys, Emily’s Reasons Why Not, Tell Me You Love Me, The Showbiz Show with David Spade, Revelations, and Hack.
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