‘Walking Dead’ Lawsuit: Frank Darabont Can Move Forward on Added Claim

The Walking Dead
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A New York Supreme Court judge refused to dismiss an amended lawsuit brought by former “Walking Dead” executive producer Frank Darabont.

Darabont, who developed the series, sued the cable network two years ago along with his representatives, CAA. They claim that an AMC affiliate produces the show and then licenses it to another affiliate for an artificially low fee, reducing the revenue that goes into a pool for profit participants.

Darabont had sought to amend his lawsuit with added claims by arguing that he is due an additional 5% of contingent compensation. AMC argued that he was not entitled to that amount because he was terminated before the end of season two and had not yet vested.

Darabont’s legal team argues that he did vest in that profit participation, because he provided executive producer services in all episodes of the second season, including those completed after his removal.

In a statement, a spokesman for AMC said, “For purposes of this motion, the Court was legally bound to accept Frank Darabont’s factual assertions as true, so the standard for dismissal at this stage was very high. We look forward to revisiting these matters when the Court is permitted to review the complete record.”

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  1. Leanette says:

    Sorry…but disagree with the “major dive” outcome of current seasons.
    Some of us have actually followed the flow – with, during, and after Daramont’s headship. Yes he launched, then landmarked this hit series. However, Creative Differences do exist. He had ideas that did not flow or correlate with future flow of the head writers & Exec Producers. 18+ million viewers cannot be wrong…. if TWD indeed is as “god-awful” as Whiners or Haters claim it … ITS STILL GOING STRONG <3

  2. Dan Martin says:

    Season 2 was terrible.. and he tried to stray away from the comics. The stories they are putting on TV now are more oriented towards the comics.

  3. Oscar Hodges says:

    They should’ve retained Darabont as show runner. The writing in this show has gone so far downhill from Season One that it’s barely recognizable.

  4. i wish they would bring him back

  5. Hollywood runs business like some illegal hoe house living underground? Seems like the agents wanna own the town and own the talent like a Pimp taking 10%. The scared to death code of theft, no one will speak to you without an agent? Then the unions, have to be union to work…Between Taxes, union fees, agent fees, lawyers left with what 35%..always lawsuit protection for a fee. A very Pimp Business

  6. This guy directed the highest rated film on imdb, and developed the #1 show on TV, and has to fight for what he worked for. Just ridiculous. Everyone who watched the show knows it took a major dive after season 2 and is basically crap now. Everyone knows this. Pay the man.

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