‘Walking Dead’ producers’ new $200-million struggle in opposition to AMC

The producers of AMC Networks’ “The Walking Dead” have filed a brand new $200-million lawsuit of their newest effort to recuperate income from the hit present and its spinoffs.

A gaggle of producers, together with the creator of the comedian guide sequence Robert Kirkman, first sued AMC in 2017 over the way it calculated income from the present, however most of their claims have been rejected by the court docket.

On Monday, the producers renewed their claims in Los Angeles Superior Court docket, suing AMC Networks for breach of contract over the zombie sequence and its prequel, ‘Fear the Walking Dead.’

Of their newest grievance, producers allege that AMC’s $200-million settlement with the sequence showrunner Frank Darabont in 2021 entitles them to comparable remedy.

Orin Snyder, legal professional for AMC Networks, famous that the producers’ greatest claims in opposition to AMC have been already rejected by the court docket.

“Another lawsuit means another attempt to rewrite their agreements and extract even more than the millions they have already been paid, and will be paid in the future, for their profit participation in The Walking Dead,” Snyder stated in a press release. “This is just another crass money grab. We are confident it will fail, as their previous attempts have failed.”

Fights over revenue sharing have escalated between distributors and content material creators, who argue they’ve been short-changed as exhibits have taken off on streaming platforms.

To this point, the producers of “The Walking Dead” have confronted a number of setbacks in court docket.

The lawsuit first filed by producers Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Gale Anne Hurd, Charles Eglee and Glen Mazzara in 2017 was break up into phases.

Los Angeles County Superior Court docket Choose Daniel Buckley in 2020 agreed with AMC’s arguments that it didn’t breach its contract with the producers.

The producers have since filed amended complaints and have been dealt one other blow in April this 12 months when Buckley dismissed most of their case. Nonetheless, he allowed the producers to pursue litigation with extra restricted claims.

Darabont and CAA first sued AMC in 2013 after he was fired from the present. He alleged the community disadvantaged him of thousands and thousands in income via improper and abusive “self-dealing,” when a community creates a present after which makes a take care of itself for the distribution rights, decreasing the potential minimize for creators. AMC has denied these allegations.