While at this year’s Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive video interview with David Alpert, the CEO of Skybound Entertainment. If you’re not familiar with Skybound, it’s a multiplatform entertainment company that he started with Robert Kirkman. With Alpert involved with shows like The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and Outcast, I wanted to talk to him about what goes on the behind-the-scenes of all the shows and what fans can look forward to in upcoming seasons. In addition to producing a number of TV series, Skybound is also making the Max Landis penned comic series Green Valley so we talked about how they got involved in that and if he thinks about TV development potential for all new comic series. Check out what he had to say in the video above, and you’ll find the time index of the entire interview below:
- 0:00 – Introduction
- 0:46 – How Green Valley came together with Max Landis, and how many issues it will be.
- 1:58 – Does he think about TV development potential for all new comics?
- 2:54 – What is it like producing a franchise as popular as The Walking Dead?
- 3:38 – What he can tease about the upcoming season.
- 4:48 – The rotating cast and staggering deals for contracts.
- 5:24 – Is The Walking Dead ever going to end? And why Carl is the key.
- 6:21 – Does AMC still give notes at this point?
- 7:12 – Reveals how many seasons are currently planned out.
- 7:58 – Finding directors for the show, and how difficult it is to direct because of the Georgia heat, etc.
- 9:07 – Why you should watch Fear the Walking Dead live.
- 10:08 – What they learned from the first season, and how they had to start from scratch without a comic to base it on.
- 11:28 – Did AMC want a 5 year plan for Fear the Walking Dead, or did they just trust the producers to make it work?
- 12:36 – How Outcast has been doing, building a fandom, what it’s like working with a premium network rather than cable, and starting Season 2.
- 14:43 – Are there more things in development?
- 15:53 – VR and what’s coming next. Is The Walking Dead going to ever going to be VR?
- 17:27 – Pokemon Go, and the future of AR and VR