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A real zombie lawsuit – Darabont v. AMC

December 19, 2013

Variety: “‘Walking Dead’ Creator Sues AMC Over Profits” by Ted Johnson. And Deadline:”Frank Darabont & CAA Suing AMC Over ‘The Walking Dead’ Profits” by Nellie Andreeva has link to the complaint itself, filed with the Supreme Court of the State of New York (because AMC is located in New York City).

The complaint of Frank Darabont v. AMC was filed 12/17/2013 by New York attorneys Jerry D. Bernstein and Harris N. Cogan, with offices in the Chrysler Building, as of counsel for a Santa Monica law firm. Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP, with offices on Wilshire Boulevard. .

The complaint alleges

…unabated effort of a television conglomerate (AMC) to deprive Frank Darabont –the artist who created, wrote, directed, and produced the television series The Walking Dead– of his contractual entitlement to profits from the series.

The Series follows a group of survivors who travel in search of a safe and secure home. It explores the challenges and interpersonal conflicts for the survivors that result from life in a world overrun by zombies.

The Deadline post provides link to a copy of the complaint. If you want a copy without their watermark, then you can easily get it from SCROLL: Supreme Court Records OnLine Library – — this link might work? – or just enter the site and search for Plaintiff name Darabont or Index# 654328-2013

UPDATE: For better reporting of the details of this case, see Courthouse News Service Entertainment Law Digest: “Zombie Accounting in ‘The Walking Dead’?” by Matt Toomb

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