×

‘Walking Dead’ Lawsuit: Judge Rules in Favor of CAA in Discovery Dispute

A New York Supreme Court Judge said that CAA does not have to turn over documents from a range of clients who are not involved with AMC Networks, reiterating a prior decision she made in favor of Frank Darabont and his agency as they pursue a profit participation and self-dealing case against the cabler over the returns from “The Walking Dead.”

Judge Eileen Bransten’s ruling reflected what she indicated in an August hearing.

AMC Networks had argued that documents detailing CAA deal-making would shed light on what is industry custom and practice, fair market value and good faith negotiation.

But Bransten said that what other parties received from networks and studios other than AMC was not relevant.

Darabont and CAA sued AMC Networks in December, claiming the cable channel “has been engaged in the improper and abusive practice of ‘self-dealing'” and that they are owed tens of millions of dollars.

AMC Networks denies their claim, and a spokesman said, “Today’s hearing was procedural and nothing that happened is new or changes the fact that this case is meritless.” There is no word yet on whether they will appeal her ruling.

Darabont and CAA’s legal team said, in a statement, “We are pleased that the Court reaffirmed her ruling denying AMC’s outrageous and harassing requests for CAA’s nonparty client files.  We look forward to vindicating our clients’ rights at trial.”

Darabont and CAA are represented by Dale Kinsella, Chad Fitzgerald and Aaron Liskin at Kinsella, Weitzman, Iser Kump & Aldisert in Los Angeles and Jerry Bernstein, Harris Cogan and Nicholas Tambone of Blank Rome in New York. AMC is represented by John Berlinski, Mansi Shah, Mark Kasowitz and Aaron Marks of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman.

More Biz

  • Annabella Sciorra

    Weinstein Lawyer Aims to Poke Holes in Annabella Sciorra's Account

    Harvey Weinstein’s defense attorney sought to poke holes in Annabella Sciorra’s testimony on Thursday, highlighting her training as an actor in a bid to undermine her credibility. Attorney Donna Rotunno had previewed that line of argument in a CNN interview before the trial, which prompted the prosecution to accuse her of disparaging the witness. “In [...]

  • Lindsey Elfenbein Variety

    Lindsey Elfenbein Promoted to Variety's Managing Director, Global Summits and Strategic Partnerships

    Variety has promoted Lindsey Elfenbein to managing director, global summits and strategic partnerships. Elfenbein joined the trade publication in 2014, where she has exponentially grown the conference business. Elfenbein is responsible for driving global revenue across Variety’s summit series. Her contributions have led to the creation of new ventures including the Silicon Valleywood Summit with [...]

  • Sunita Mani and John Reynolds appear

    Keshet Studios Sets Pact With Entrepreneur Ori Allon to Expand Film Production (EXCLUSIVE)

    Keshet Studios, the producer behind the Sundance entry “Save Yourselves!,” has partnered with tech entrepreneur Ori Allon to jointly develop and finance movies for the global market. Allon, founder and executive chairman of the digital real estate firm Compass, launched his White Lodge Productions banner in 2018 with the goal of creating high-end content that [...]

  • Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com 22/01/2020 -

    NATPE 2020: TV Biz Looks Back and Forward as Streaming Wars Ensue

    MIAMI — The atmosphere at the annual NATPE conference this year was a bit of old school and a lot of new school. In keeping with NATPE’s remit as a content market, hopeful stars of new fall talk show prospects pressed the flesh in a flurry of meetings and receptions with station buyers. MGM TV’s [...]

  • Annabella Sciorra

    Annabella Sciorra Testifies That Harvey Weinstein Raped Her: 'My Body Shut Down'

    Annabella Sciorra said in court testimony on Thursday that Harvey Weinstein raped her more than two decades ago. Called as a witness for Weinstein’s rape trial in New York, the actor — at times visibly very upset and crying — recalled the incident shortly after she appeared in Miramax’s “The Night We Never Met,” released [...]

  • Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com 22/01/2020 -

    Tartikoff Honorees Call for Commitment to Diversity and Protection of Press Freedom

    MIAMI — Jeff Zucker didn’t mince words. “Nothing is as important than what I’m doing now,” the CNN Worldwide chief said of his long career in media as he was feted Wednesday night as one of five Brandon Tartikoff Award honorees. Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide and chairman of WarnerMedia News and Sports, sounded the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content