‘Gilmore Girls’ Producer Gavin Polone Files Lawsuit Against Warner Bros. Television Over Netflix Revival

Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham
Bledel and Graham on 'Gilmore Girls.' The WB/Mitchell Haddad via Getty Images

It's not always sunny in Stars Hollow. Original Gilmore Girls producer Gavin Polone filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. Television in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, April 8, claiming that he hasn't received compensation for the show's Netflix revival.

Polone listed his production company Hofflund/Polone as the plaintiff and is suing for $195,000, Deadline reports. He also wants a jury trial.

"Upon learning that production had begun on the Subsequent Episodes, plaintiff’s representative reached out to defendant regarding plaintiff’s compensation under the Operative Agreement," the court documents read, which were obtained by Deadline.

"Defendant refuses to compensate plaintiff in any way for the Subsequent Episodes of Gilmore Girls. Defendant argues that the Subsequent Episodes do not fall under the terms of the Operative Agreement, making the absurd claim that the Subsequent Episodes are derivative works based on the television series Gilmore Girls," the claim continues. "Defendant also appears to erroneously believe the Subsequent Episodes are not considered a ‘television series’ because they are being produced for Netflix, rather than a traditional broadcast network."

Back in January, it was confirmed that the cast of the beloved series would return for four 90-minute episodes. Polone alleges that a deal he made with WBTV in 2000 entitles him to $32,500 for each episode produced after 2003. He claims that Warner Bros. has refused to pay him because the project is being produced by Netflix, and isn't specifically a TV series.

Polone was an executive producer on Gilmore Girls for all seven seasons from 2000 to 2007. The Emmy-nominated producer also worked on the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm from 2000 to 2011.

A Warner Bros. spokesperson tells Variety that they have no comment on the matter.

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