Amazon.com (AMZN) secured a two-year deal with Robert Kirkman, the creator of mega-hit "The Walking Dead", taking the television mastermind from his longtime home at AMC Networks (AMCX), according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The deal, announced Friday, will have the team develop television projects to debut exclusively on Prime Video, Amazon's streaming service that competes with the likes of Hulu and Netflix.
Kirkman previously had an overall deal at AMC, where he has two series: The Walking Dead, based on Kirkman's graphic novel, and the companion Fear the Walking Dead, which he co-created. Season 6 of The Walking Dead made this known via Jesus when he let the people of Alexandria know about their world getting bigger. He is also executive producer of the AMC series Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics, and the pre-apocalyptic drama, Five Year, that is being developed for multiple territories including Germany, India, Brazil, and Italy.More news: William Blair Reaffirms Outperform Rating for Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)
The partnership with Kirkman came days after streaming rival Netflix acquired comic book publisher "MillarWorld" to bolster its own original offerings.
Kirkman had been at AMC since the 2010 launch of blockbuster drama The Walking Dead.
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.More news: Houston man finds abandoned newborn in the bushes covered with these
This also sounds reasonable because The Walking Dead is in alignment with those qualifications.
There's little doubt that The Walking Dead will continue to run for many more seasons- Kirkman himself said he hopes the show will last well into a tenth season.
Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers. Those projects will likely be part of the library of content available to subscribers of Amazon Prime. Moving into the digital content space, Skybound produced the first-ever narrative VR series, Gone, for Samsung's Milk VR platform and in 2017 will produce VR horror series Lies Within, which is the first project out of Skybound's partnership with interactive theatrical company Delusion. In features, Kirkman will produce Invincible based on his long-running comic book.More news: Multiple US Osprey Aircraft Lift Off in Japan Hours After Clearance
The move is just the latest high-profile deal targeted for streaming video.
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