Just three months after being controversially removed from his role as showrunner of AMC's hit zombie TV series 'The Walking Dead,' Glen Mazzara has signed an overall deal with Fox Television Studios.
According to the deal, Mazzara will develop a variety of cable television projects with the company, which will be released under the banner of 44 Strong Productions.
The deal marks a return to Fox for Mazzara, who previously earned his stripes by serving as executive producer on the FX series The Shield. "The Shield was the show that really put FTVS on the map and Glen was a huge part of that show's success," Fox TV president David Madden said in a statement. "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."
"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," said Mazzara in a statement. "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."
Mazzara departed from his job as showrunner of The Walking Dead in December due to reported creatie differences with AMC -- a year and a half after he replaced the show's initial showrunner, Frank Darabont. He was replaced as showrunner by Scott M. Gimple. Some other creative television talents, like Sons of Anarchy showrunner Kurt Sutter (who used to write on The Shield with Glen Mazzara), vocally criticized AMC's handling of the situation. Now it appears Mazzara will be working, along with Sutter, at FX.
Mazzara certainly did a great job with turning The Walking Dead around creatively. If he doesn't get to stick around with The Walking Dead, at least we'll get to see him working on some new shows.