AMC Responds To Backlash Over Mazzara’s Walking Dead exit



Last month the TV industry in the USA was in uproar over the sudden exit of executive producer Glen Mazzara from AMC’s hit series ‘The Walking Dead.’

The sudden departure of Mazzara, which was about creative differences between him and the studio was such a big news story that it had other well known producers from the industry speaking out against AMC for their decision to let Mazzara go.

Mazzara’s fellow writer/producers Shawn Ryan and Kurt Sutter (whom he worked with on The Shield) took the network to task.

On WhoSay, Sutter wrote:

“AMC is run by small-minded, bottom-line thinkers who have no appreciation or gratitude for the effort of it’s creative personnel. Time and time again we see events like what happened today with Glen Mazzara. They continue to disrespect writers, sh-t on their audience and bury their network… Showrunners are not development executives, we’re not cookiecutter douchebags that you plug into a preexisting model. TWD will suffer.”

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter AMC boss Josh Sapan gave the following measured response to all the recent criticism that his network has received regarding Walking Dead.

“We really do believe that people who make great TV shows have a rare capability, and we hold them in extraordinarily high regard. Certainly it would be preferable to have as much continuity as possible. We’ll forge ahead and hope to make great shows and be the best place to work. We’ll do the best we can to be an environment where the best creative people can flourish. We’ll hopefully learn from everything we do.”

Sapan also reiterated that Mazzara’s exit from the series was a mutual decision.


Written By: Ian Cullen

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Ian Cullen is the owner of A wannabe musician. Ian is a legend in his own mind and when not working on the website host the hugely successful SFP-NOW Podcast he can be found skulking around empty corridors. A longtime fan of genre television and movies Ian was also a producer on the Reality On Demand web-series and has even been published in the official Star Trek Magazine.


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