Series producer Gavin Polone has sued Warner Bros. for using creative accounting practices to deprive him of residuals for the Netflix revival of the noughties show.
This lawsuit is the fourth dispute between Polone and the studio over Gilmore Girls residuals in the last 16 years. In this case, Mr Polone claims that Warner Bros. charged a 10% distribution fee that ended up reducing profits by $2 million - a very serious claim.
The studio allegedly added extra fees, including electronic sell-through and video-on-demand expenses.
“These expenses … falsely underrepresent the bottom line number that determines Plaintiffs’ profit participation payments, resulting in substantially lower profits paid to Plaintiffs,” the suit claims.
Warner Bros. has also been accused of “straight-lining” which means bundling Gilmore Girls with unprofitable shows for distribution purposes which lessens the profits.
Polone is also seeking an audit of the show’s profits dating back to 2012, and says he was recently told that Warner Bros. could not begin an audit before late 2019 which is set to be contested.