Gilmore Girls Producers In Contract Dispute With Warner Bros.

On behalf of The Law Office of Lynnette Ariathurai, A Professional Corporation posted in Contract Disputes on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Hollywood is not immune to legal challenges often faced by California company owners and employees throughout the nation. A popular series known as "Gilmore Girls" was set to return to Netflix, much to the joy of its enormous fan base. However, it seems a contract dispute with Warner Bros. has impeded production.

The production company of Hofflund/Polone has accused Warner Bros. of breaching a contract. The producers claim that Warner Bros. signed an earlier agreement promising $32,500 to be paid for every original episode produced beyond 2003. Upon learning about the planned revival of the show, the production company reportedly contacted Warner Bros. requesting that it honor the contract.

Apparently, Warner Bros. has responded by saying that the Netflix revival version of the show is a new derivative, not part of the original series. Because of this, it claims to owe no further compensation to Hofflund/Polone. The lines regarding the legal differences between infringement of reproduction rights and infringement of derivative works rights are unclear.

Certainly, any business person facing similar legal challenges in California would benefit from consultation with a business and commercial law attorney before taking any formal action. An attorney would be able to clarify all legal terms and contract stipulations in order to help a client make informed decisions when attempting to resolve a contract dispute. The attorney's goals include protecting a client's business interests and pursuing a fair and just resolution is obtained in court. 

Source: lawprofessors.typepad.com, "Gilmore Girls, Netflix, Derivative Works, and Contracts in a Changing Television Landscape", Stacey Lantagne, April 15, 2016


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