The Walking Dead – Robert Kirkman and other producers are suing AMC. They will fight for millions of dollars
Series The Walking Dead will end next Monday, but the battle for big money related to this post-apocalyptic production will last for a long time. Since 2017, the court has twice rejected claims against AMC made by the show’s former producers – Robert Kirkman (creator of the comic The living dead), Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Charles Eglee and Glenn Mazzara (former showrunner of the series). The creators do not give up and have filed another lawsuit against this American TV station.
On November 14, 2022, the producers filed a new lawsuit for breach of their profit sharing agreement. The damages are expected to be $200 million. In the document, they write about how, despite the fact that AMC used the ideas and services of reasons to make billions from the franchise The Walking Dead, this used the MAGR definition so that in its original form it would not have paid the plaintiffs a single dollar share of the profits. MAGR is the revenue from TV series, streaming or movies that the studio receives, less distribution fees, expenses, development and production costs.
The lawsuit also referred to the case with Frank Darabont, the director and executive producer of the first season The Walking Dead, which was released from production midway through the second series. In 2013, he filed a lawsuit, accusing AMC of failing to pay adequately for the work done on the series. AMC was to take advantage of the fact that it is also the producer and broadcaster of the popular series, which allowed them to artificially lower the value of the episodes produced. The case dragged on for years and eventually AMC settled and paid $200 million in damages. The producers in their new lawsuit wrote that they are entitled to the same treatment as Darabont with regard to its interests related to MAGR and the same valuation, which together exceeds Darabont’s claims. The amount is to be determined during the trial.
AMC lawyer Orin Snyder said in a statement to Deadline:
Another lawsuit means another attempt to rewrite their contracts and get more of the millions they have already been paid and will be paid in the future for their share of the profits from The Walking Dead. It’s just another pointless scam. We are confident that this will fail because their previous attempts have failed.
Sheldon Eisenberg, an attorney representing Robert Kirkman, said they were forced to file this lawsuit as a result of AMC’s duplicitous treatment of their right to participate in the historic success The Walking Dead. He added that instead of providing producers with the benefits of a settlement with Darabont, which is consistent with the explicit terms of their contracts, AMC’s creative activity now appears to be limited to inventing new ways to mistreat the talent that has been responsible for their past success.
The hearing is scheduled for February 2023.