Fired Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont has filed a lawsuit against AMC, claiming the network denied him “tens of millions of dollars” in profits from the series.
According to the suit filed Tuesday (released by Deadline), Darabont and his agency CAA are accusing AMC of depriving Darabont of money through “self-dealing,” where one AMC affiliate produces the program and then licenses the show to another cable channel affiliate who televises it. This reduces the revenues that go toward the show’s profit participants, and the suit states that “AMC has taken this abusive practice to new heights with plaintiff Frank Darabont.”
The lawsuit also goes on to allege that Darabont was wrongfully ousted from the drama and should continue to receive an executive producer credit, as well as proceeds from Robert Kirkman’s upcoming Walking Dead companion series and live talk show Talking Dead.
The Walking Dead, which chronicles the journey of a group of survivors during a zombie apocalypse, premiered on Halloween 2010 and has since become one of the biggest shows on television. The show kicked off its fourth season this October to 16.1 million viewers, making it this season’s highest-rated show.