The showrunner and executive producer who made a high-profile exit three months ago from “The Walking Dead” in a widely publicized ouster from the AMC series is, well, back from the dead.
Deadline.com reports that Glen Mazzara has launched his own production banner, 44 Strong Productions, and has signed an overall agreement with Fox TV Studios.
“Under the pact, Mazzara will develop cable series through 44 Strong — named after his address in Brooklyn, 44 Strong Place — and will shepherd other writers on their own shows,” Deadline reports. “It reunites the writer-producer with FtvS, the studio behind FX’s ‘The Shield,’ where Mazzara spent six seasons.
Said Fox TV Studios President David Madden: “’The Shield’ was the show that really put FtvS on the map, and Glen was a huge part of that show’s success. Years later, Glen has become a lauded and expert showrunner, and after his extraordinary stint on ‘The Walking Dead,’ we are proud to bring Glen back home.”
Mazzara, who joined “The Walking Dead” as a freelance writer during its first season, added: “I’ve had a long history with Fox Television Studios. … This is where I want to be, and I couldn’t ask for a better partner as I take the next step in my career.”
Mazzara saw his stock rise quickly at “The Walking Dead,” becoming the No. 2 man behind series developer and showrunner Frank Darabont. “Upon Darabont’s departure, Mazzara was elevated to showrunner for the second and third seasons, which have been smashing ratings ratings,” the report notes.
The piece adds: “Prior to ‘The Walking Dead,’ Mazzara served as creator and showrunner of ‘Crash,’ Starz’s series adaptation of the Oscar-winning film. He also co-executive produced NBC’s ‘Life.’”