Creator Of 'The Walking Dead' Robert Kirkman Lands Amazon Deal

Lawrence Kim
August 12, 2017

The e-commerce giant, which also makes clothing, tablets, television shows and pretty much anything else you can think of, has signed a deal with Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment, the entity behind the hit apocalyptic zombie shows "The Walking Dead" and "Fear The Walking Dead". Based on Kirkman's comic book series of the same name, The Walking Dead is TV's No. 1 scripted drama among the key advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and a billion-dollar franchise.

Skybound historically has a close relationship with AMC, the network behind both Walking Dead TV shows.

Kirkman is nearly alone among comics creators for having firmly established himself as as a showrunner with all of his Skybound projects. Under the pact, Kirkman and Skybound will develop television projects for Prime Video. "Robert and the team at Skybound are some of the most innovative and fearless creatives in the business. Together, we plan to explore immersive worlds and bold ideas for Prime Video", said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Event Series, Amazon Studios.

"At Skybound Entertainment we strive to tell the best stories in the most unique and creative ways in an effort to always break new ground". Kirkman said he believes Amazon will be the ideal home for his future efforts. Sharon Tal Yguado has been an instrumental force in the success of The Walking Dead and Outcast from day one. "The Walking Dead" consistently ranks as one of the highest-rated series on television. This, in turn, should help Kirkman's marriage to Amazon run a little smoother than it might have otherwise.

For now nothing should change for The Walking Dead or Fear The Walking Dead. The project will be written, directed and produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for Universal Pictures.

At this point, Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment properties contracted with AMC and other venues "will play out their current season-order contracts".

Skybound is Kirkman's imprint at Walking Dead publisher Image Comics.

This also sounds reasonable because The Walking Dead is in alignment with those qualifications.

Cable TV ratings have been dropping steadily for over a year as people get rid of expensive cable TV subscriptions and move to online streaming services like Amazon Video, Hulu, and Netflix.

The deal means that Robert Kirkman will be developing new shows and content exclusively for Amazon.

Amazon Channels: Over 100 video subscriptions to networks like HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV, and more, available to Amazon Prime members in the U.S. as add-ons to their membership.

Kirkman will produce the film Invincible, based on his popular comic book.

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