The creators and producers of AMC’s hit series, The Walking Dead, has filed a lawsuit against the network for up to $1 billion.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, series co-creator Robert Kirkman and producers Gale Anne Hurd, Glen Mazzara and David Alpert have filed suit, claiming they’ve been cheated out of massive profits.
The suit comes after The Walking Dead co-creator Frank Darabont was fired as executive producer in the middle of the second season. He’s demanding $280 million in an accounting lawsuit that has reached the summary judgment phase, said the report.
“This case arises from a major entertainment conglomerate’s failure to honor its contractual obligations to the creative people — the ‘talent,’ in industry jargon — behind the wildly successful, and hugely profitable, long-running television series The Walking Dead,” the complaint said, which was filed earlier this week in Los Angeles Superior Court. “The defendant AMC Entities exploited their vertically integrated corporate structure to combine both the production and the exhibition of TWD, which allowed AMC to keep the lion’s share of the series’ enormous profits for itself and not share it with the Plaintiffs, as required by their contracts.”
Like Darabont’s lawsuit, Kirkman, Hurd, Mazzara and Alpert are questioning the amount AMC paid to AMC’s studio arm for the right to air the show. During the first four seasons of Walking Dead, AMC placed a $1.45 million fee per episode, which is now up to $2.4 million.
AMC has since responded to the claims, issuing a statement calling the lawsuit “baseless” and “opportunistic”.
Its unclear how this will affect further production of the show. Stay tuned…