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‘Walking Dead’ Creator and Producers Sue AMC

The Suit is Potentially as Much as One Billion Dollars

The creator and producers of mega-hit “The Walking Dead” have filed a potentially billion-dollar lawsuit against AMC, alleging that the series’ network has kept “the lion’s share” of profits for itself and not properly distributed them to its “creative people.” The news emerged one day after creator Robert Kirkman signed an overall deal with US streamer Amazon and a first-look agreement with his production company Skybound Entertainment.

The suit filed in Los Angeles involves recently extended spin-off show “Fear The Walking Dead” and after-show “The Talking Dead.” The involved parties include Kirkman and producers Gale Anne Hurd, Glen Mazzara and David Alpert.
“This case arises from a major entertainment conglomerate’s failure to honor its contractual obligations to the creative people — the ‘talent,’ in industry jargon — behind the wildly successful, and hugely profitable, long-running television series The Walking Dead,” the lawsuit reads.

“The defendant AMC Entities exploited their vertically integrated corporate structure to combine both the production and the exhibition of TWD, which allowed AMC to keep the lion’s share of the series’ enormous profits for itself and not share it with the Plaintiffs, as required by their contracts.”

The suit details that Kirkman is due 5 percent of profits from the show, with Hurd due 7.5 percent, Alpert 2.5 percent and former showrunner Mazzara 1.5 percent,

AMC is also currently embroiled in another lawsuit filed by The Walking Dead’s first showrunner Frank Darabont, which similarly questions how much the network is imputing from each episode.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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