Producer Gavin Polone, whose TV resume includes “Gilmore Girls” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” is accusing Warner Bros. of using creative accounting to deny him residuals for the Netflix revival of “Gilmore Girls.” Variety reports that Polone filed suit Thursday against the company.
“The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, represents the fourth dispute between Polone and the studio over ‘Gilmore Girls’ residuals in the last 16 years,” Variety reports. “In this case, Polone alleges that the studio improperly charged a 10% SVOD distribution fee, which reduced profits by $2 million. The suit claims the studio also tacked on various fees, including electronic sell-through and video-on-demand expenses.”
The suit alleges: “These expenses … falsely underrepresent the bottom line number that determines Plaintiffs’ profit participation payments, resulting in substantially lower profits paid to Plaintiffs.”