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The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is getting sued over the property

02.10.2012by: Marcey Papandrea

How is this for some THE WALKING DEAD news, as the show prepares to come back on air this Sunday; Robert Kirkman who was part of the creative process for show as well as the original comic is being sued by his collaborator (and childhood friend) Tony Moore!

The claim is that Moore is entitled to perhaps as much as half of the proceeds from the property. THR is stating that: Moore says he was duped into assigning his interest in the material over to Kirkman, who has since gone on to fame and fortune. Moore, on the other hand, has received very little compensation and has not be able to access profit statements from properties including Walking Dead, he says.

"Each of these works was prepared by [Moore] and Kirkman with the intention that their contributions be merged into inseparable or independent parts of a unitary whole," the complaint states. "[Moore] and Kirkman were thus joint authors and co-owners of the copyrights in these works."

Moore claims that in 2005, Kirkman and his agents devised a scheme to fraudulently induce him to assign his copyright interests over to Kirkman's company. Moore, who grew up with Kirkman and worked together on several projects, claims he signed a deal granting him 60 percent of "Comic Publishing Net Proceeds" in connection with Walking Dead and another project called Brit; 20 percent of "motion picture net proceeds" in connection with Walking Dead and Brit; and 50 percent of "motion picture net proceeds" from another project called Battle Pope.

This is all quite the claim, Moore even states that back in 2005 Kirkman had told him that there was a TV deal in place but that if he didn’t assign all of his interest in the property and other works the deal wouldn’t be able to get completed. Since Moore thought this would fall apart, he signed the contract as Kirkman had asked, which he says was a swindle by Kirkman.

Allen Grodzky, Kirkman’s attorney told THR that: “totally frivolous. Mr. Moore is owed no money at all. And Mr. Moore's contract has an attorneys' fees clause in it so we will be going after him to collect attorneys' fees. We are taking this matter very seriously.”

What does this mean for the comic and TV series? No idea for now, but we shall keep our eyes pealed for more news.

Extra Tidbit: While we're at it, let's sue the shows star Laurie Holden (above) for being too damn cute!
Source: THR

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12:07PM on 02/10/2012

How about we sue them for making the show into a long drama where they think of new things instead of going with the comic

People arent there people stay alive (mexicans running an old folks home?!)...how bout we kill shane get a new black guy who is suppose to be cool and not someone who almost dies from a windshield wiper and drop the rednecks and get back on the road at least to the culdesack or the prison.
People arent there people stay alive (mexicans running an old folks home?!)...how bout we kill shane get a new black guy who is suppose to be cool and not someone who almost dies from a windshield wiper and drop the rednecks and get back on the road at least to the culdesack or the prison.
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2:09PM on 02/10/2012
"[Moore] and Kirkman were thus joint authors and co-owners of the copyrights in these works." If Moore can provide this document in court and it turns out to be legit. This will make Kirkman's overall character look bad. Also if Moore's documentation pans out about him owning 60% of the comic proceeds. When Moore signed onto Kirkman's company, giving Kirkman more control over the source material. In return Kirkman should of treated his (friend) Moore fairly when the checks came in from the
"[Moore] and Kirkman were thus joint authors and co-owners of the copyrights in these works." If Moore can provide this document in court and it turns out to be legit. This will make Kirkman's overall character look bad. Also if Moore's documentation pans out about him owning 60% of the comic proceeds. When Moore signed onto Kirkman's company, giving Kirkman more control over the source material. In return Kirkman should of treated his (friend) Moore fairly when the checks came in from the networks and comic book publishers. I can already take a good guess on why Moore signed over his percentages to Kirkman in the first place. No comic book publisher or network will purchase any material unless it is funlly housed under a company or LLC (Not split). Kirkman told his childhood friend (Moore) to sign his half over to his company in return that he will be re-compensated the exact amount that his old contract stated. This is where the fraud part comes in. Kirkman lied and literally took back the 60% his friend currently owned. If when these documents pan out and are proven legit, you have to ask yourselves this - Who actually wrote TWD; 60% Moore and 40% Kirkman is pretty atrocious and telling. It's clear that Kirkman was smart when it came to the dark-side of the business that of his colleague/friend. Kirkman took TWD and ran with it throwing his friend under the bus for fame and fortune.
At the end of the day in court - Are the contracts and paperwork that Moore is saying exist, actually exist.
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4:04AM on 02/11/2012
hopefully the truth will be found out in the end, but if this is true that's pretty LOW on Kirkmans part to swindle his longtime friend!
hopefully the truth will be found out in the end, but if this is true that's pretty LOW on Kirkmans part to swindle his longtime friend!
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