It’s no secret that despite AMC’s unparalleled success with original programming like The Walking Dead, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad, the network hasn’t always had the easiest time producing those shows. The Walking Dead alone has had three different showrunners over it’s less than four-year run, and in late 2013, the hit show’s first showrunner, Frank Darabont, sued the network for TWD profits he says he’s entitled to.
In the lawsuit filed in New York back in December 2013, Frank claims he and his agents at CAA are owed “tens of millions of dollars” after AMC made a deal licensing the hit show to itself. Per The Hollywood Reporter, which got a look at the court documents, the suit also says Frank and his agents are profit participants in TWD, but because of how AMC has calculated the show’s net profits — they claimed it had a deficit of $49 million in 2012 — they haven’t seen any money and likely never will.
The suit alleges, “Because of AMC's outrageous and improper formula, the profits pool in which [Darabont and CAA] participate may always be in deficit no matter how long-running and successful the series is.”
AMC stayed quiet after Frank filed the suit, but released a statement earlier this week saying they intend to fight his claims. “AMC Networks has filed its initial response to the Darabont lawsuit. We look forward to demonstrating through the legal process that this is a baseless lawsuit built on claims that have no merit,” the network told THR.
Though AMC has denied most of Frank’s allegations, THR points out that this lawsuit could get messy for the network since it “has the potential of exploring how AMC pays other big-name showrunners including Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner.”
Yikes, this sounds like bad news!
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The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter