‘Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman Signs Overall Deal With Amazon Studios

Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment also inks first-look deal

Last Updated: August 11, 2017 @ 6:44 AM

“The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman has signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios, the company announced on Friday.

Kirkman’s production company Skybound Entertainment, which he co-founded with longtime collaborator David Alpert, has also closed a first-look deal with the streaming company. Continuing Amazon’s push into genre programming, Kirkman and Skybound will develop new television projects for the streaming platform.

Skybound Entertainment co-presidents Bryan and Sean Furst, will oversee the Amazon projects alongside Kirkman and Alpert.

“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 statment. “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.”

Kirkman’s new deal comes after former Fox exec Sharon Tal Yguado was hired on as Amazon’s head of event series. During her time at the company, Tal Yguado oversaw projects distributed globally by Fox International Channels, which included Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” and “Outcast.”

“Sharon Tal Yguado has been an instrumental force in the success of Walking Dead and Outcast from day one,” Kirkman said. “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. Look out world, here we come!”

“Robert is a gifted storyteller who shares our passion for elevated genre storytelling that pushes boundaries,” added Tal Yguado. “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.”