Executive producers of The Walking Dead have filed a suit against AMC Film
Holdings and AMC Networks Inc. over alleged contractual obligation breaches and profit hoarding.
The creators of the franchise—Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Charles Eglee—claim that AMC has abused their “vertically integrated corporate structure” to keep a vast majority of the hit show’s profits. This case somewhat parallels original comic book creator (and TWD executive producer) Robert Kirkman’s lawsuit, which claims similar injustices against AMC.
As of this article, the plaintiffs have requested to consolidate their claims against AMC into a single suit in California. Eglee filed his suit in California a day before Hurd and Alpert filed theirs in New York.
AMC calls the lawsuit “baseless and predictably opportunistic.” Hurd and Alpert responded with a joint statement: “While we disagree with AMC on the merits of our lawsuit, we appreciate its statement that it will continue to work with us as partners on the continued success of The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead and Talking Dead. We also reaffirm our commitment to continue to make the best programs possible.” Kirkman agrees with this statement in regards to his now over $280 million suit against AMC.