Scott Gimple has been named Chief Creative Officer.
The Walking Dead has been renewed for Season 9, but there are changes afoot.
Writer and co-executive producer Angela Kang is being promoted to showrunner for the upcoming season, which will premiere in late 2018, while current showrunner Scott Gimple is being elevated to a new role as Chief Content Officer of what AMC describes as “the entire Dead television universe, including The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and potential brand extensions on a variety of platforms.”
The move makes sense as The Walking Dead and Fear begin to converge — this season will see Walking Dead character Morgan Jones (Lennie James) cross over to Fear, and Gimple was recently added as an executive producer on the prequel series. The vote of confidence in Gimple from AMC seems to hint that there may be more spinoffs or companion shows ahead.
“This is an enormously important day for the entire The Walking Dead television universe. We are proud to acknowledge Angela’s significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction. Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott’s broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe. Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC. “I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play Dead.”
“The Walking Dead is a special show which started in an entirely different era of TV, and continues, in this new era, to confidently take chances to tell compelling stories that excite audiences and make them deeply connect with its characters, adapting Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic book,” Gimple said. “As the show closes in on its tenth year, I’m honored to keep working with the talented, dedicated people behind and in front of the camera to make it all it can be, while expanding the world of The Walking Dead with new narratives like Fear the Walking Dead and a whole host of truly cool stories ahead. Angela is a big part of the heart and soul of The Walking Dead, and I’m thrilled to help facilitate her vision of the show’s next era.”
Kang added, “I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into this new role with The Walking Dead. Working on this series and having the opportunity to adapt Robert Kirkman’s amazing comic has been a fangirl dream come true for me. I’m excited to continue working with Scott and the wonderfully supportive folks at AMC, and can’t wait to share the next chapter of the story with our fans next fall.”
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Laura Prudom is the Executive Editor of IGN TV. You can follow her on Twitter at @LauinLA.