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Amazon Inks Deal With 'Walking Dead' Creator

11 Aug, 2017 By: Stephanie Prange

Amazon has closed an overall deal with “The Walking Dead” and comic creator Robert Kirkman and a first-look deal with Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment, co-founded by longtime collaborator David Alpert, according to an Amazon press release.

Kirkman and Skybound — responsible for television hits “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead” and “Outcast” — will develop television projects to debut exclusively on Amazon’s streaming service, Prime Video.

This collaboration comes on the heels of Amazon Studios’ new expanded push into science-fiction, fantasy and horror programming, according to the press release.

Skybound Entertainment’s co-presidents of film and television, Bryan and Sean Furst, will oversee the Amazon project slate in conjunction with Kirkman and Alpert.

“Robert is a gifted storyteller who shares our passion for elevated genre storytelling that pushes boundaries,” Sharon Tal Yguado, head of event series at Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “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.”

“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 in a statement. “A forward-thinking company like Amazon is the perfect home for us. Their new foray into genre fiction has us at peak optimism for what can be accomplished during this unprecedented partnership. Sharon Tal Yguado has been an instrumental force in the success of ‘Walking Dead’ and ‘Outcast’ from day one. Being able to not only continue that relationship, but also expand it into new territory with the vast resources of Amazon, means great things are ahead for myself, David Alpert, Skybound and fans of awesome entertainment.”

The deal comes on the heels of another comic book deal announced by rival streaming service Netflix — the acquisition of Millarworld, founded by Mark Millar, the creator of “Kick-Ass,” “Kingsman” and “Old Man Logan.”

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