Fox Television Studios has signed former 'The Walking Dead'
showrunner, executive producer, and writer Glen Mazzara to
an overall deal, studio president David Madden announced.
will develop a variety of cable television projects for the
studio under his new banner, 44 Strong Productions.
said, " '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.
all television studios, we're writer-oriented, but since
we're leaner than most, the people we're in business with
need to possess a profound level of fierceness and obsession,
and Glen eminently qualifies. Closing this deal is a testament
to our admiration for Glen, who is already brewing a concoction
of ideas and stories that we are eager to serve to the world."
said, "I've had a long history with Fox Television
Studios, and it feels good to set up shop at a studio that
I respect and trust, especially with David leading the charge.
FTVS is giving me the opportunity to develop my own projects
and to shepherd other writers on their own shows. 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."
joined AMC's series 'The Walking Dead' in season one as
a freelance writer, rising quickly up the ranks to become
series creator Frank Darabont's number two. Upon Darabont's
departure, Mazzara was elevated to showrunner for the second
and third seasons of The Walking Dead, which earned both
record ratings and critical acclaim. Most recently, it was
named one of The American Film Institute's top TV shows
of 2012. Mazzara was also nominated for a Writers Guild
of America (WGA) Award for his work on the first season.
to The Walking Dead, Mazzara served as creator and showrunner
of Crash, the television adaptation of the Oscar-winning
film of the same name. He also co-executive produced the
series Life, which starred Emmy award-winning actor Damian
Lewis (Homeland). Mazzara also spent six seasons on FX's
groundbreaking series The Shield- produced by Fox Television
Studios - as a writer and producer.