“Walking Dead” producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Charles Eglee, and Glenn Mazzara have filed a $200 million lawsuit against AMC. Previous the show creators got stuck in a deal that “buyout of their rights and ended their profits participation on “The Walking Dead” and its spinoffs, along with any rights or claims to future compensation.”
“Plaintiffs were forced to file this lawsuit as a result of AMC’s two-faced treatment of their right to participate in the historic success of The Walking Dead,” their statement reads. “On the one hand, AMC tells them they are entitled to nothing based on erroneous pre-trial rulings which are subject to appeal, while AMC paid $200 million to Frank Darabont and CAA to avoid a New York jury’s review of the same contingent compensation definition. Instead of giving Plaintiffs the benefit of the Darabont settlement as required by the express terms of their contracts, AMC’s creative activity these days seems limited to figuring out new ways to mistreat the talent responsible for its now past success.”
Orin Snyder, attorney for AMC Networks, said in a statement, “Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, and the rest of these plaintiffs have had their biggest claims against AMC Networks thrown out of court twice, so now they are back with another lawsuit. And another lawsuit means another attempt to rewrite their agreements and extract even more than the millions they have already been paid. It will be paid in the future for their profit participation in ‘The Walking Dead.’ This is just another crass money grab. We are confident it will fail, as their previous attempts have failed.”
– Excerpt from an article for Variety by Michaela Zee. Read the full article here.
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