'Gilmore Girls' producer sues WBTV
Gavin Polone sues WBTV for breach-of-contract
So how you like them apples, Warner Brothers TV?
The lawsuit asks for "tens of millions of dollars," an impressive figure for a show that was never a hit by broadcast network standards.
The trade paper accuses Time Warner-owned WBTV and The WB of "self-dealing" and says the vertically integrated partners "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."
Hufflund/Polone (Polone's production company with Judy Hofflund) alleges that while "Gilmore Girls" was losing money early in its run, WBTV tinkered with the series' modified adjusted gross so that after six seasons the show appeared to be in the red by $53 million dollars. The suit says a third-part audit attributed that deficit to below-market licensing fees set by WBTV and improper charges (finding disputed by WBTV in June).
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