With the success of AMC’s The Walking Dead, show creator Robert Kirkman will now develop content for Amazon’s streaming service with his production company, Skybound Entertainment. The deal was announced on Friday. The projects will be governed by Skybound co-presidents, Sean and Bryan Furst. In a statement released by Kirkman, he explains why he decided to sign on with Amazon.
“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. 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 was recently hired as Amazon’s head of event series. The former Fox executive has worked with Kirkman before and was responsible for international distribution of The Walking Dead and another Kirkman series, Outcast. Kirkman spoke highly about previously working with Yguado.
“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!”
With The Walking Dead heading into its eighth season, and Kirkman recently saying the show is building toward an end, it is not surprising he wants to begin other projects, and as he said, the resources of Amazon should give him the opportunity to explore many different avenues of storytelling, and It sounds like Yguado is just as excited about the opportunity as Kirkman.
“Robert is a gifted storyteller who shares our passion for elevated genre storytelling that pushes boundaries. 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.”
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