The co-creators and producers of the hit cable TV series “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” have filed suit against AMC over the network’s calculation of profits in a case that could change the definition of “Hollywood accounting.”

The zombie series’ co-creator Robert Kirkman and producers Gale Anne Hurd, Glen Mazzara and David Alpert filed suit Monday against AMC Entities and related companies, claiming in the complaint the studio and network “exploited their vertically integrated structure to combine both the production and exhibition of TWD, which allowed AMC to keep the lion’s share of the series’ enormous profits for itself and not share it with the plaintiffs, as required by their contracts. Plaintiffs and the other talent behind TWD are the ones whose work to create, write and produce the series has brought it huge success, but the fruits of that success have not been shared as they should be.”

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