‘Walking Dead’ EP Gale Anne Hurd Tells Robert Kirkman Profits Trial That Ex-AMC Boss Charlie Collier Promised A Fair Deal; It’s “Buyer’s Remorse,” Cabler’s Lawyer Says – Deadline

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For a trial probing potentially millions in profits denied Robert Kirkman and other executive producers of The Walking Dead, some real star power showed up Friday on this battlefield of the zombie apocalypse blockbuster series. “The representation to me was we would be treated the same as if it was made by Lionsgate or Sony who made Mad Men and Breaking Bad, ” TWD executive producer Gale Anne Hurd said on the stand today, with a caveat of “words to that effect” that then-AMC boss Charlie Collier told her in 2010 of expected profit-participation payouts for the outlet’s first in-house production. Choosing her worlds carefully but with nothing but love this Valentine’s Day in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom, plaintiff Hurd parried with lead AMC lawyer Orin Snyder repeatedly over who exactly said what about money and when, with citations from her previously given deposition weaved in. That deposition did not mention the Collier representations, though the EP’s written declaration did. Related Story The Show To Watch This Week: 'High Fidelity', 'Narcos: Mexico', 'Cherish The Day' & 'Visible: Out On Television' Reviewed What seemed to not be in question is that according to AMC the ever-expanding universe of TWD is ....


Following a fairly brief exchanges of “yes” and “no” answers to questions from Snyder, Kirkman was off the stand in less than 20 minutes in the so-called mini-trial. Once Kirkman stepped down, Snyder dismissed the nearly three-year-old legal move by the EPs as “buyer’s remorse” after having already reaped millions of dollars off the success of TWD. Starting off with a couple of “I don’t recall” and “I don’t have knowledge of every network it was pitched to, ” Hurd spent the most time in the witness box Friday, almost as much as Kirkman and Alpert combined. At first, having inked a 7.5% profit-participation agreement with AMC more than 10 years ago, industry vet Hurd was led by Snyder through a tutorial on how perilous the small screen business is at the beginning of her time on the stand. “The way companies like AMC make money is to have more hits than misses, ” Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s erudite Snyder told the well-informed court and Hurd. “Yes, I was also surprised at the success of Terminator, ” Hurd scathingly informed Snyder at one point when he asked if the EP was surprised by the huge success that TWD had following ....

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