Most famously known for his creation of The Walking Dead in 2003 — which is since spawned the even more popular AMC series of the same name — Robert Kirkman and Skybound Entertainment reached a deal with Amazon on Friday, Variety reported.
The deal will mark a move away from his overall agreement with AMC, while Skybound — of which Kirkman is a co-founder with David Alpert — will work TV projects to debut exclusively on Prime Video. Skybound co-presidents of film and television Bryan and Sean Furst will work with Kirkman and Alpert to oversee the Amazon slate.
As for Kirkman and Sharon Tal Yguado, head of event series for Amazon Studios, nicer words could not have been said of the deal.
“Robert is a gifted storyteller who shares our passion for elevated genre storytelling that pushes boundaries,” Tal Yguado said. “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.”
The Walking Dead will be entering its eighth season on AMC in October, with the companion series Fear the Walking Dead having launched in 2015. Kirkman referred to the deal with Amazon as an “unprecedented partnership.”
“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. “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. Look out world, here we come!”
Skybound Entertainment has other properties in the works with Universal, so it doesn’t look like Kirkman and company will be slowing down any time soon.