In July 2020, AMC seemed to have scored a massive win regarding the network’s profit margins (via The Hollywood Reporter). A Los Angeles judge ruled that AMC paid Kirkman and executive producers Glen Mazzara, Gale Anne Hurd, Charles Eglee, and David Alpert fairly according to the guidelines laid out and what everyone initially agreed to. Ultimately, the judge ruled that it was within AMC’s rights to define how to calculate modified adjusted gross receipts.
However, with news of Darabont and CAA receiving a huge payout, that same LA judge has allowed Kirkman and the other plaintiffs to pursue alternate amended claims, according to a newer report from The Hollywood Reporter. One has to deal with a breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, while the other deals with tortious interference. The plaintiffs and AMC will still have to argue their respective cases, and the entire 16-page ruling has been uploaded to THR for you to peruse at your leisure.
Keep your eye on this case in the weeks and months to come. For the time being, The final season of “The Walking Dead” premieres on August 22, with new seasons of “Fear the Walking Dead” and “The Walking Dead: World Beyond” coming down the pipeline, too.