Gavin Polone is an American film and television producer. He began producing films in the late 1990s and television in the 2000s. He has been nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards, of which six were for "Outstanding Comedy Series" for Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm. His production company is Pariah.[1]


Polone graduated from University of California, Berkeley in three years. He earned a realtor's license and applied to work for the Central Intelligence Agency, but was not accepted.[2] In 1985, he began work as an assistant at International Creative Management.[3] He eventually became a literary agent at ICM.[4] In 1989, ICM suspected that Polone planned to defect and fired him, though Polone says ICM was wrong about its suspicions. He joined Bauer-Benedek Agency, and the agency eventually merged with Leading Artists Agency to form United Talent Agency.[3] Polone eventually became a partner at UTA.[4] He was disappointed in how the agency was run and threatened to leave.[3] In April 1996, UTA fired Polone and alleged that he sexually harassed a female agent. Polone hired Peter Ostroff to sue UTA in a breach of contract lawsuit, and before the lawsuit was filed, UTA gave Polone a $6 million severance package and made a public admission that "'there were insufficient grounds' to fire him." UTA sued Polone a year later for reneging on the severance contract, and another settlement took place.[5] After departing from UTA, Polone launched his own management and production company and managed clients in both film and television. He eventually decided to become a film and television producer,[4] and he dropped all of his clients except for Conan O'Brien. In 2007 and beyond, Polone became a pundit who appeared in media to comment on the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, Tiger Woods's infidelity scandal and fallout, and Michael Moore's association with Occupy Wall Street. He also writes an online column for New York Magazine.[3]


He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit Notes Ref.
1999 8mm
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Stir of Echoes
2002 Panic Room
2004 Secret Window
Seeing Other People
2005 Little Manhattan
2006 Population 436 Executive producer
My Super Ex-Girlfriend
2007 Primeval
2008 Ghost Town
2009 Zombieland
2011 Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
2012 Premium Rush
2016 Nerdland
2017 A Dog's Purpose
2019 A Dog's Way Home
A Dog's Journey
Zombieland: Double Tap
As an actor
Year Film Role Notes
1997 An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn Gary Samuels
1999 Thick as Thieves Simons
2006 Population 436 Aames
Year Film Notes
2016 Urge Producers special thanks


Year Title Credit Notes
1998 When Trumpets Fade Executive producer Television film
1999 Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm Executive producer Television special
2001 Sam's Circus Executive producer Television film
More, Patience Executive producer Television film
2002 Family Affair Executive producer
Life at Five Feet Executive producer Television film
2002−03 Hack Executive producer
2003 Untitled Howie Mandel Project Executive producer Television pilot
The Ortegas Executive producer
Suspense Executive producer Television film
Celebrity Temps Executive producer Television film
American P.I. Executive producer
2004 Celebrity Blackjack Executive producer
D.O.T.S. Executive producer Television film
2005 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search Executive producer
Revelations Executive producer
2006 Thief Executive producer
The Angriest Man in Suburbia Executive producer Television film
More, Patience Executive producer Television film
2000−07 Gilmore Girls Executive producer
2005−07 The Showbiz Show with David Spade Executive producer
2007 Tell Me You Love Me Executive producer
Backyards & Bullets Executive producer Television film
2006−08 Emily's Reasons Why Not Executive producer
2006−10 My Boys Executive producer
2011 Cinema Verite Executive producer Television film
Bachelorette Party: Las Vegas Executive producer
2012 Jane by Design Executive producer
2013 Zombieland Executive producer Television pilot
2013−14 Twisted Executive producer
2000−17 Curb Your Enthusiasm Executive producer
As director
Year Title
2012 Jane by Design
2013−14 Twisted
2015 Finding Carter
As an actor
Year Title Role
1993 Seinfeld Man in 'Jerry' Audience
1999 Action Dodi
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Twisted: Socio Studies 101 Thanks Television film


  1. ^ "Gavin Polone". Variety.
  2. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (2004-05-18). "Gavin Polone, the iconoclast". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ a b c d Masters, Kim (January 6, 2012). "Dark Prince of Hollywood, Producer Gavin Polone, Opens Up About Unlikely Directorial Debut". The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. ^ a b c Fenjves, Pablo F.; Lang, Rocky (2006). How I Broke into Hollywood: Success Stories from the Trenches. It Books. p. 307. ISBN 978-0-06-078964-0.
  5. ^ Johnson, Ross (May 2000). "Raging Bulls". Los Angeles: 108.
  6. ^ Matt Joseph (January 21, 2019). "First Zombieland 2 Plot Details Tease New Zombies And More". We Got This Covered. Retrieved January 21, 2019.