AMC Rejects “Baseless” ‘Walking Dead’ Lawsuit From Frank Darabont & CAA

By | Thursday February 20, 2014 @ 3:27pm PST

AMC Frank Darabont LawsuitMore than two months since original The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont and CAA sued AMC, over unpaid fees and other claims, the cable station has finally replied. In a dry point-by-point 10-page retort filed today in the … Read More »

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AMC’s ‘Walking Dead’ Slays NBC’s Olympics In Key Demo Again

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 10:30am PST

Walkers - The Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 10 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMCOne time might sting a bit, but a second time it really has to hurt. Just like it did February 9 with its midseason return, … Read More »

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AMC’s ‘Walking Dead’ Return Steals Ratings Gold From NBC’s Sochi Games

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 11:59am PST

WalkingDeadThe Walking Dead sprinted back to the airwaves last night on AMC. The resumption of Season 4 drew 15.8 million viewers and 10.4 million in the adults 18-49 demographic. It outperformed NBC’s Sochi Winter Olympics on Sunday night in the demo.

Related: Ratings Rat Race: NBC’s Olympics Coverage On Par With Vancouver

It marks the latest record for the zombie drama, which attracted 12.1 million viewers and 7.7 million adults 18-49 for this season’s winter finale December 1 — a midseason finale record. Before Sunday night’s return this season already was pacing 29% ahead of Season 3, even topping broadcast biggie Sunday Night Football on NBC in the demo on several occasions. That feat came thanks to keeping the momentum going from its October 13 season premiere, which drew a cable-record 16.1 million viewers and 10.4 million adults 18-49.

Following the 9 PM premiere last night, AMC presented Talking Dead at 10, which became the highest premiere in series history with 5.9 million viewers, including 3.9 million adults 18-49. The midseason premiere of the show dissecting the night’s Dead premiere was, as usual, hosted by Chris Hardwick and featured guests Greg Nicotero and Dania Gurira. Read More »

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AMC’s ‘Walking Dead’ Season 4 Risen Early in Xbox Leak

By | Saturday February 8, 2014 @ 6:15pm PST

Walking Dead S4The mid-season premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead is set to air Sunday night, but some Xbox users got a unscheduled sneak peek when Season 4′s ninth episode appeared for free on Xbox Video this morning. It has since … Read More »

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AMC Greenlights LA Kiss Arena Football League Team Docu-Series

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 1:32pm PST

amclogo54The unscripted series will focus on the inaugural season of the LA Kiss Arena Football League team and owners Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, bass guitarist/lead vocalist/co-founder of heavy metal band Kiss, and longtime manager Doc McGhee. The 10-episode series will … Read More »

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‘Walking Dead’ Panel At TV Academy Reveals No “Protection” In Season 4 Return; Star Andrew Lincoln Too Sick To Attend

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 10:00pm PST

WD Ensemble“This is the first time since Season 1 where they don’t have any protection,” The Walking Dead EP and director Greg Nicotero said tonight of the remainder of the show’s fourth season. “You get a sweeping sense of the world again, and our characters are thrust back in it,” he added without giving away any more than that.

Related: ‘The Walking Dead’s Season 4 Return (Video)

Just days before the AMC series comes back from its midseason break, Nicotero was joined at the TV Academy by creator/executive producer Robert Kirkman, EP Gale Anne Hurd, EP and showrunner Scott Gimple, EP Dave Alpert, stars Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun and other members of WD’s main cast. Unlike a similar appearance at the TV Academy around this time last year — when recently exited EP Glen Mazzara was suddenly a no-show — there wasn’t any controversy, but there was another notable absence. Lead Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes on the show, was scheduled to be there tonight but ended up missing the evening due to a cold. “I am so sorry I’m not to be able to attend this event, but I am currently the walking dead tonight,” the actor said in a note to the audience read by Gimple in a terrible British accent. Read More »

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AMC Sets ‘Preacher’ Drama Adaptation With Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg & Sony TV

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 11:45am PST
Nellie Andreeva

preacherAfter lengthy negotiations, AMC and Sony Pictures Television have closed a deal to develop Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s controversial 1990s comic book series Preacher as a drama series. The project will be written/executive produced by This Is the End writers/directors … Read More »

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Obama Name Drops ‘Mad Men’ In State Of The Union Speech

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 7:17pm PST

US-POLITICS-STATE OF THE UNION-OBAMAWell, we know one thing for sure from President Obama’s State of the Union speech tonight – somebody in the White House watches Mad Men. Maybe it’s Obama himself, who has expressed a preference for the Matt Read More »

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Jeff Hephner Boards ‘Agent X’; Stephen Root Joins ‘Turn’

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 3:44pm PST

JEFF HEPHNER PHOTO 1.27.14Jeff Hephner has been cast as a regular on TNT’s action-drama pilot Agent X. Penned by The Bourne Identity scribe William Blake Herron, Agent X centers on America’s first female Vice President, Natalie Maccabee (Sharon Stone). Hephner will … Read More »

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‘Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks Joins Prequel Series ‘Better Call Saul’ For AMC

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 3:32pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

breakingbadmikeEXCLUSIVE: Jonathan Banks has joined Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul, AMC/Sony TV’s upcoming prequel to Emmy-winning Breaking Bad that centers on Odenkirk‘s unflappable criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. Banks will be a series regular on the show conceived … Read More »

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TV Teaser: ‘The Walking Dead’s Season 4 Return

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 10:34am PST

walking dead season 4 winter finale 2At least 12.1 million pairs of eyes are waiting for the return of AMC‘s ratings powerhouse The Walking Dead on February 9. That’s how many watched the winter finale December 1, when two … Read More »

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TCA: AMC’s ‘Turn’ Inspired By Correspondence Between George Washington and Spy Ring

By | Saturday January 11, 2014 @ 10:08am PST

AMC's TurnAlexander Rose, whose book Washington Spies is the basis for AMC‘s new drama series Turn, said he wrote the book while mulling a different book and discovered little had been written about the spying efforts of George Washington. … Read More »

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AMC Sets Premiere Dates For ‘Better Call Saul’ & ‘Mad Men’, Renews ‘Talking Dead’

By | Saturday January 11, 2014 @ 10:04am PST
Nellie Andreeva

saulgoodman__130409172658AMC‘s first two original scripted franchises, Mad Men and Breaking Bad, once again will be cornerstones of the network’s 2014 schedule – Mad Men with the first half of its final season, Breaking Bad with … Read More »

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Frank Darabont & CAA Suing AMC Over ‘The Walking Dead’ Profits

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 7:40pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Frank Darabont Walking Dead Lawsuit AMC2ND UPDATE 7:40 PM: The most colorful reaction to today’s lawsuit once again came from Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, who previously blasted AMC over the dismissal of Glen Mazzara, Frank Darabont‘s successor on The Walking Dead. Sutter wrote on Twitter, “go frank. fuck those ghoulish, dead-eyed scumbags in their green-gobbed asses. i ain’t talking about the zombies.”

PREVIOUS 11:25 AM:  AMC‘s The Walking Dead is the biggest show on television but its developer Frank Darabont has yet to receive any money as a profit participant. Today, Darabont and his agency CAA filed a lawsuit (read it here) against AMC, accusing the network in “self dealing” by setting an unrealistically low license fee for the zombie series it also produces and employing questionable accounting practices thus depriving profit participants of compensation. The complaint also alleges Darabont was wrongfully terminated from the show, that he should continue to receive an executive producer credit and is entitled to proceeds from The Walking Dead offshoots Talking Dead and the upcoming spinoff from Robert Kirkman, on whose graphic novel The Walking Dead was based. UPDATE: AMC declined comment on the litigation. Darabont and CAA are asking for unspecified “monetary damages” to be determined by a jury trial.

The_Walking_Dead__120709092907Judging by the history of vertical integration lawsuits, the odds are small that the dispute would go to trial. There have been a slew of “self dealing” complaints since the 1995 relaxation of TV’s financial interest-syndication rules — all of them eventually settled. The list includes Home Improvement producers’ suit against Disney, NYPD Blue exec producer Steven Bochco’s, X-Files star David Duchovny’s and M*A*S*H star Alan Alda’s complaints against 20th Century Fox TV, and more recently Will & Grace creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan’s case against NBC and Smallville creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough’s against Warner Bros TV. They all accused a studio of  not negotiating a fair (or “arms’ length”) deal when selling a series to a corporate sibling, or “self-dealing,” which had hurt profit participants’ financial returns. The difference is that Darabont was also fired from the show early into its run, a move Darabont and CAA are using in their case against AMC. The lawsuit, filed today with the New York Supreme Court, comes after sources say efforts by Darabont and CAA to resolve their issues were “fundamentally rebuffed” by AMC. The 73-page complaint was accompanied by a summons from the plaintiffs for AMC to reply by mid-January or risk default judgment.

Related: ‘Walking Dead’ Winter Finale Draws 12.1M Viewers
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Kevin Zegers Joins Fox’s ‘Gracepoint,’ Amy Gumenick Added To AMC’s ‘Turn’

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 3:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

zegersKevin Zegers (Transamerica) is set to co-star in Fox‘s event series Gracepoint, a U.S. remake of the UK’s Broadchurch. The project, from Shine America and Kudos, centers on Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant), the lead male investigator on … Read More »

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Marco Bresaz Moves From Sundance Channel To AMC As VP Unscripted Programming

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 11:48am PST

Marco BresazIn his new role as VP unscripted programming at AMC, Marco Bresaz will focus on identifying and developing unscripted programming for the network. He will report to Elliot Goldberg, SVP unscripted.

Bresaz comes to AMC from its sister network Sundance Channel where he served as VP of original programming and development. At Sundance Channel, Bresaz developed and oversaw the hit series Push Girls, and also guided development and production of the first seasons of Dream School and The Writers’ Room. Prior to joining the network in 2010, Bresaz held senior programming and development positions at TV Land, Spike TV and ABC Daytime, where he served as a production executive on both One Life To Live and All My Children.
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Netflix To Stream ‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff ‘Better Call Saul’

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 6:46am PST
Nellie Andreeva

NETFLIX, INC. BOB ODENKIRKNetflix is credited with helping Breaking Bad become a hit on TV, and the AMC drama became one of the first signature titles on the streaming service, helping introduce binge viewing. The pair’s successful symbiotic relationship is now being extended with the upcoming Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul. Netflix and Breaking Bad producer Sony Pictures Television have closed a deal for the spinoff series for all of the streaming service’s territories. In the U.S. and Canada, the complete first season of Saul will be available to Netflix members after its season finale on AMC Networks in 2014.

Related: ‘Breaking Bad’ Saul Goodman Prequel A Go At AMC
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AMC Inks Overall Deal With ‘Low Winter Sun’s Chris Mundy

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 9:23am PST
Nellie Andreeva

chrismundyEXCLUSIVE: AMC may have cancelled drama Low Winter Sun after one season, but it is staying in business with the series’ developer/executive producer/showrunner Chris Mundy. Mundy has signed an overall deal with the network to develop new series projects. … Read More »

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AMC Cancels ‘Low Winter Sun’

By | Friday December 6, 2013 @ 2:29pm PST

amc-logo__130905075906-200x133The drama is not being renewed, making official its cancellation after one low-rated season. Low Winter Sun, which wrapped its 10-episode run in September, marks just the second AMC scripted drama not to receive a season-season order, following 2010′s … Read More »

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