Glen Mazzara

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Glen Mazzara
Glen Mazzara at Banff World Media Festival 2012.jpg
Glen Mazzara at Banff World Media Festival 2012
Born (1967-07-06) July 6, 1967 (age 48)
New York, New York, USA
Nationality American
Occupation Television Writer
Television producer
Years active 1998–present

Glen Mazzara (born July 6, 1967) is an American television producer and writer. He is most well known for his work on The Shield and The Walking Dead.

Life and career[edit]

An Italian-American, Mazzara was born in Manhattan and grew up in Queens, New York. He graduated from St. Francis Preparatory School in 1985. He attended NYU and earned a masters in English. He worked as a hospital administrator in New York before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a writer in 1998.[citation needed]

He was a story editor and writer for the fourth and fifth seasons of Nash Bridges. In 2002, he joined the drama series The Shield as an executive story editor and writer for its first season; was promoted to producer for the second season while continuing to write, to supervising producer for the third season, to co-executive producer for the fourth season and to executive producer for the fifth season; and left midway through the sixth season in 2006. Later in 2006 he was an executive producer on the short-lived series Standoff, and then a co-executive producer on the first season of NBC drama Life.[citation needed]

Mazzara left Life to create and executive produce a new series Crash, based on the Oscar-winning film of the same name, on which he served as head writer and showrunner.[1] He left after one season, but was credited as a consulting producer for the second season premiere.[citation needed]

In 2009, he joined the medical drama series Hawthorne for two seasons as executive producer and writer. In 2010, he wrote his first of several episodes of the AMC series The Walking Dead, episode 1.5: "Wildfire.[2]

On July 27, 2011, it was reported that Mazzara had taken over as showrunner of The Walking Dead after Frank Darabont dropped out of the position.[3] Mazzara left this role following season 3.[4]

In late December 2012, headlines such as the following from the San Jose Mercury News (21 December 2012) announced: "'The Walking Dead': Showrunner Glen Mazzara departs after 'difference of opinion'". Statements by AMC - which described the parting as "amicable" - indicate, "Both parties acknowledge that there is a difference of opinion about where the show should go moving forward, and conclude that it is best to part ways." Mazzara continued as the series showrunner and executive producer for the remainder of Season 3.[5][6]



Year Show Role
2002–2006 The Shield Executive story editor (2002)
Producer (2003)
Supervising producer (2004)
Co-executive producer (2005)
Executive producer (2006–07)
2006 Standoff Executive producer
2007 Life Co-executive producer
2008–2009 Crash Executive producer (2008)
Consulting producer (2009)
2009–2010 Hawthorne Executive producer
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Consulting producer
2011–2013 The Walking Dead Executive producer
2015 Damien


Year Show Notes
1998–2000 Nash Bridges 6 episodes
2002–2007 The Shield 16 episodes
2006 Standoff Episode: "Life Support"
2007 Life Episode: "Let Her Go"
2008 Crash Episode: "Episode One"
2009 Hawthorne 3 episodes
2010–2013 The Walking Dead 7 episodes
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior 2 episodes


  1. ^ John Dempsey (2008-09-26). "Starz brakes for Crash'". Variety. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  2. ^ "Filmography by TV series for Glen Mazzara". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  3. ^ James Hibberd (2010-07-27). "Glen Mazzara named new showrunner for 'The Walking Dead'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  4. ^ (2012-12-21). "The Walking Dead Officially Renewed for Fourth Season". Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  5. ^ Chuck Barney (December 21, 2012). "'The Walking Dead':Showrunner Glen Mazzara departs after 'difference of opinion'". San Jose Mercury News. 
  6. ^ Alan Sepinwall (Dec 21, 2012). "AMC renews 'The Walking Dead,' but showrunner Glen Mazzara departs: Second producer switch in two seasons comes over creative differences". Hitfix. 

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