Late last year, former Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont filed a lawsuit against AMC claiming that he and his CAA agents are entitled to a share of TWD’s profits which falls in the “tens of millions of dollars” range.
AMC has long denied Frank’s claims, and now the network is laying it into the showrunner once again in a letter to a NY Supreme Court judge, asking her to keep some of the network’s confidential docs that will need to be examined should this lawsuit go forward limited to a very small group of people, instead of making them public knowledge.
Per Deadline, AMC writes to the judge, “Doubling down on their ill-conceived theory of the case, Plaintiffs [Frank, etc.] now seek to use discovery to conduct a fishing expedition through the files of Defendants, a television network, two television studios, and a parent company, to obtain access to highly sensitive proprietary and confidential information that bears no relevance to Plaintiffs’ claims, including highly confidential and proprietary information relating to television shows other than the one at issue, The Walking Dead.”
In other words, AMC thinks Frank and his team just want to unearth sensitive documents for the sake of doing so, which could potentially harm AMC in future business negotiations.
Not surprisingly, the network also reiterated plans to file a motion for summary judgment for liability soon. In another section of the letter, AMC also mentioned that they paid Frank “close to $3 million” for his work on The Walking Dead Seasons 1 and 2, certainly not chump change!
In short though, it comes down to the previously mentioned confidential documents that could become public should this suit move forward .AMC wants the confidential docs limited to just “litigation counsel and attorneys employed by the parties who are providing legal advice in connection with this case,” whereas Frank and CAA want all of their team to be able to take a look.
The judge could either issue a standard confidentiality order (which would be more beneficial to AMC) or compel both parties to reach a deal so discovery can move forward.
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The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.