Walking Dead co-creator Frank Darabont and AMC will now represent their cases on trial. Darabont accuses AMC of false profit participation and the show being cheated of its fair market value. Darabont shares that the episodes should be more of value in imputed fees with each episode taking $20 million to $30 million, but is instead given $2.4 million.
The case has lead to questioning of imputed fees for AMC’s other shows such as Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, and their right to license Mad Men from Lionsgate. The lawsuit has led to a more detailed look into financials for networks, advertisements, and even award shows.
Judge Eileen Bransten overlooked the case on both sides and had made her decision. “We are pleased that the Court denied AMC’s motion for summary judgment as to every key claim in Plaintiffs’ case,” said Dale Kinsella, attorney for the plaintiffs. “We look forward to proceeding to trial on Plaintiffs’ claims, which now exceed a quarter billion dollars.”
AMC uses their show’s high ratings as a defense for “greedy Hollywood lawyers. “We are very pleased with today’s decision,” says AMC attorney Orin Snyder. “It is a victory. The judge denied plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment outright on the fundamental issue in the case. The judge also awarded summary judgment to AMC on four of plaintiffs’ claims, throwing them out completely. We now look forward to trial where we are confident we will prevail. This lawsuit is nothing but a money grab by CAA and the greedy Hollywood lawyers who feed off talent and are the driving force behind this suit. These plaintiffs have been paid millions and millions of dollars on The Walking Dead, which AMC turned into a hit after taking a risk on a show that no other network wanted. Now the same sophisticated Hollywood lawyers and agents who negotiated plaintiffs’ deal want to rewrite the contract many years later to extract even more money. A jury will see right through this scheme. We appreciate the judge’s careful and thorough review of the arguments and look forward to victory at trial.”
The trial most likely will not take place until in two years.