As expected, AMC has named Scott Gimple showrunner and executive producer of the fourth season of of The Walking Dead.
Production on the 16-episode season will begin in Atlanta on May 6 for an October premiere.
AMC has also elevated both co-executive producer and special-effects makeup supervisor Greg Nicotero and producer Tom Luse to executive producer. Robert Kirkland, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert will continue as executive producers into the show's fourth season.
"Scott's voice has been an integral one since he joined the show,” Joel Stillerman, AMC executive vice president of original programming production and original content said. “Greg Nicotero is a true artist whose work is simply brilliant. And Tom Luse has really created the machine that allows this very large show to get made week to week.
“We congratulate all three in their new roles on the series and look forward to ramping up production on season four," Stillerman said.
Former showrunner Glen Mazzara left the series in December, citing creative differences.