AMC today made a number of announcements related to "The Walking Dead", the highest-rated cable series in history and the #1 show on television for the last six seasons and counting:
The series is being renewed for a ninth season, to premiere in late 2018. Current showrunner Scott M. Gimple is being elevated to Chief Content Officer, overseeing the entire "Dead" television universe, including "The Walking Dead", "Fear the Walking Dead", and potential brand extensions on a variety of platforms. Angela Kang, who has been a writer on the show since 2011 and co-executive producer since 2013, is being promoted by Gimple to executive producer and showrunner of "The Walking Dead", starting with season nine.
"This is an enormously important day for the entire 'The Walking Dead' television universe", said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. "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."
"'The Walking Dead' is a special show," said Gimple, "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. As the show closes in on its tenth year, I'm honored to keep working..."
"Working on this series and having the opportunity to adapt Robert Kirkman's amazing comic has been a fangirl dream come true for me", said Kang.
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