Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has criticized AMC for making him appear “greedy”.
Weiner and the cable network were involved in lengthy financial negotiations earlier this year to bring the ’60s-set drama back for a fifth season.
“As a tactic, [AMC] told the public the show was going to be delayed through the non-cast negotiations and that was not true,” Weiner told Media Mayhem. “I was trying to get the show on. And I said it wasn’t true. They have since said it wasn’t true.”
He continued: “They were trying to make me look greedy [and like] I’m denying the show to people, which is the exact opposite [of the truth].”
Weiner added that he was “prepared to… fight for what [he] believed in” throughout the contract talks.
“I was prepared to lose it and… to not take a financial temptation,” he said. “Which is hard, because working on the show all those years, you sort of hope in success that you will be rewarded, especially when it is successful.”
Mad Men was eventually renewed for a further two seasons. Weiner revealed in March that he had offered to take a pay cut to secure the show’s future.
However, a later report suggested that Mad Men’s new $10 million (£6.1m)-per-season budget could cause cutbacks on fellow AMC series such as The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad.