On another level, TWD will be heading into its final stretch as AMC finally heads to trial in April 2021 against show creator and original showrunner Frank Darabont and CAA in the latter’s 2013 launched $300 million profit participation lawsuit against the cabler. While that COVID-19 postponed trial inches closer, AMC scored a big legal win earlier this summer in its another profit participation dust-up with Kirkman and other TWD EPs. After a mini-trial in March, LA Superior Court Judge Daniel Buckley determined on July 22 that if Kirkman didn’t like the “plain language” deal he inked years ago and the resulting Modified Adjusted Gross Receipts and imputed license fees, that was his problem, not AMC’s. … [Read more...] about ‘Walking Dead’ To End After Super-Sized 11th Season; Norman Reedus & Melissa McBride Spinoff Set For 2023
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“The judge found in AMC’s favor on all seven issues that were presented at trial and confirmed that AMC honored its contracts and paid Mr. Kirkman and the other plaintiffs what they were owed,” the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher lawyer added. “As the court found, these plaintiffs had the most sophisticated lawyers and agents in Hollywood and they got what they bargained for. … [Read more...] about ‘Walking Dead’ Trial Ruling Sees AMC Rip Robert Kirkman; Ominous Sign For Frank Darabont & CAA NYC Case?
“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
AMC is expanding another successful series into a scripted franchise. After giving the go-ahead last week to Better Call Saul, a spinoff series from Breaking Bad, the network just announced that it is in the initial stages of developing a companion series to mega hit The Walking Dead. The new drama series has a target on-air date of 2015. It will be will be executive produced by The Walking Dead executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert for AMC Studios. “Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager. He noted that the companion series will have “an entirely new story and cast of characters”. “It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse,” he said. Added Kirkman, on whose comic The Walking Dead was based. “After 10 years of … [Read more...] about AMC Prepping ‘Walking Dead’ Companion Series Produced By Robert Kirkman & Gale Anne Hurd For 2015 Premiere
Now, as AMC made sure the world knew with a salacious document dump in 2017, the fact is that Darabont did let loose in the early early days of TWD with digital salvos telling people they “better wake the f*ck up and pay attention. Or I will start killing people and throwing bodies out the door.” Another fact is that CAA is actually part of this seven-year-old action in no small part because of the packaging deal it wove a decade ago around the creation of the series based on the comics of now CAA client Robert Kirkman. Actually, the agency, along with WME, continues to fight the guild even as the likes of UTA and ICM Partners have smoked the packaging peace pipe. … [Read more...] about ‘Walking Dead’ $300M Lawsuit Becomes Battle Of Frank Darabont’s Expletive-Filled Emails, Again; AMC, CAA & Ex-Showrunner Prep For 2021 Trial