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 Prep 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 Notes
2013 The Walking Dead Executive producer Season three
2012 Season three
Season two
2011 Season two
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Consulting producer Season one
2010 Hawthorne Executive producer Season two
2009 Season one
Crash Consulting producer Season two
2008 Executive producer Season one
2007 Life Co-executive producer Season one
The Shield Executive producer Season six
2006 Standoff Executive producer Season one
The Shield Executive producer Season five
2005 Co-executive producer Season four
2004 Supervising producer Season three
2003 Producer Season two
2002 Executive story editor Season one


Year Show Episode Notes
The Walking Dead "Welcome to the Tombs" Season 3, episode 16
"Prey" (with Evan Reilly) Season 3, episode 14
2012 "Seed" Season 3, episode 1
"Beside the Dying Fire" (with Robert Kirkman) Season 2, episode 13
"Better Angels" (with Evan Reilly) Season 2, episode 12
"18 Miles Out" (with Scott M. Gimple) Season 2, episode 10
2011 "Bloodletting" Season 2, episode 2
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior "Strays" (with Chris Murphy) Season 1, episode 11
"Jane" Season 1, episode 7
2010 The Walking Dead "Wildfire" Season 1, episode 5
Hawthorne "No Excuses" Season 2, episode 1
2009 "Mother's Day" Season 1, episode 9
"All the Wrong Places" Season 1, episode 4
2008 Crash "Episode One" Season 1, episode 1
2007 Life "Let Her Go" Season 1, episode 3
The Shield "Haunts" Season 6, episode 5
2006 Standoff "Life Support" Season 1, episode 5
The Shield "Smoked" Season 5, episode 9
"Jailbait" Season 5, episode 3
2005 "Ain't That a Shame" Season 4, episode 13
"Cut Throat" Season 4, episode 8
"The Cure" Season 4, episode 1
2004 "On Tilt" Season 3, episode 15
"Strays" Season 3, episode 11
"Streaks and Tips" Season 3, episode 4
2003 "Breakpoint" Season 2, episode 12
"Co-pilot" Season 2, episode 9
"Homewrecker" Season 2, episode 6
"The Quick Fix" Season 2, episode 1
2002 "Carnivores" Season 1, episode 11
"Cupid & Psycho" Season 1, episode 8
"The Spread" Season 1, episode 3
2000 Nash Bridges "Skin Trade" Season 5, episode 12
1999 "Curveball" Season 5, episode 6
"Smash and Grab" Season 5, episode 3
"Boomtown" Season 4, episode 18
"Gimme Shelter" Season 4, episode 13
1998 "Warplay" Season 4, episode 8


  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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