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Amazon Signs Deal with ‘The Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman will develop exclusive original content for Amazon’s Prime Video service as part of an agreement between the producer and the OTT service announced Friday.

Kirkman, along with his Skybound Entertainment company -- which has a first-long deal with Amazon – will create television projects to debut exclusively on Prime Video. Skybound Entertainment’s co-presidents of film and television, Bryan and Sean Furst, will oversee the Amazon project slate in conjunction with Kirkman and Skybound co-founder David Alpert, said Amazon.

Along with The Walking Dead, Kirkman's demonic-exorcism comic Outcast currently airs on Cinemax. He is also producing Invincible, a theatrical film based on his long-running comic book. 

“Robert is a gifted storyteller who shares our passion for elevated genre storytelling that pushes boundaries,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Event Series for Amazon Studios 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.”

R. Thomas Umstead
R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.