Oscar-nominated filmmaker Frank Darabont and Creative Arts Agency filed suit Tuesday in New York Supreme Court against defendants including AMC Network Entertainment.
AMC produced "The Walking Dead" in-house. The lawsuit alleges the New York-based company paid itself a deliberately low license fee to air the show as part of improper "self-dealing."
The suit contends the purpose was to minimize revenue that go into a pool of funds for the show's profit participants.
AMC declined to comment on the suit.
Darabont developed "The Walking Dead" from Robert Kirkman's comic book series about zombies. His other work includes the films "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile."