“Ultimately, Plaintiffs’ effort to avoid the plain language of the agreements is unavailing,” Buckley wrote in today’s decision. “Even if Plaintiffs were correct and the calculation of MAGR was never agreed to, their claims would fail because they would have no contract to enforce,” he noted. “But in fact the parties did agree: AMC’s MAGR definition ‘shall’ control the calculation of MAGR. That resolves this issue, and much of this case.” … [Read more...] about ‘Walking Dead’ Trial Ruling Sees AMC Rip Robert Kirkman; Ominous Sign For Frank Darabont & CAA NYC Case?
“I would reach out to AMC about many things, but reaching out on backend compensation is not something that would have been appropriate,” the Circle of Confusion manager and Kirkman’s business partner told AMC’s outside counsel Scott Edelman about why he left the contested matter of the imputed license fee and MAGR to his lawyers, who took a strategy of postponement. “They indicated that they would treat us fairly and when they didn’t, we resorted to litigation,” Alpert stated plainly of AMC’s tactics. … [Read more...] about ‘Walking Dead’ EP Gale Anne Hurd Tells Robert Kirkman Profits Trial That Ex-AMC Boss Charlie Collier Promised A Fair Deal; It’s “Buyer’s Remorse,” Cabler’s Lawyer Says
“I’m relying on the words of the signed contract,” Wiseman also riposted to Nessim in the courtroom of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel Buckley on Tuesday. “In answer to your question, am I relying on an opinion or whether the words of the contract are guiding my interpretation, the words of the contract are guiding my interpretation,” the collected exec continued. “The Walking Dead was initially produced by and the rights were retained by the AMC Networks …and those rights were with the channel,” she added, noting from provided documents that there was no expectation that AMC would pay a license fee to itself, a perspective she says she disagreed with. … [Read more...] about ‘Walking Dead’ Profits Trial Finds Fox TV Boss Charlie Collier In Zombie Hot Seat Over AMC Backend Payouts
Related Story 'Walking Dead' To End After Super-Sized 11th Season; Norman Reedus & Melissa McBride Spinoff Set For 2023 Now, this is not the more than $300 million suit that the showrunner of the first season of the zombie apocalypse series launched back in the pre-streaming wars days of late 2013. Tonight’s move is against the secondary $10 million action that CAA and their client ripped AMC with in January 2018 declaring that once home of Mad Men “used a variety of shady accounting practices” to keep big bucks out of the accounts of Darabont and other profit participators. … [Read more...] about AMC Tries To Shut Down That Other ‘Walking Dead’ Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuit From Frank Darabont & CAA
In addition to Ziffren, Kirkman, Hurd and Alpert, ex-AMC Business Affairs SVP and current Blumhouse TV exec Marci Wiseman and former AMC president and current Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier are all expected to testify during the non-jury trial over the next two weeks. Once the contract conflicts between AMC and Kirkman are resolved or at least defined, the EPs’ breach of contract case, which includes ex-TWD showrunner Glenn Mazzara, will progress into the money stage. … [Read more...] about ‘Walking Dead’ Trial: Robert Kirkman’s Profits Battle With AMC Enters The Legal Octagon