Just two days after announcing that Mad Men would move forward even without its creator in the fold, AMC and Lionsgate have inked a multi-season deal with Matt Weiner.
Weiner has signed on as showrunner for seasons five and six of the show. It was also announced that Weiner has signed a long-term agreement with Lionsgate that would extend into a possible seventh season of the retro advertising show, which has captured the last three Emmy Awards for best drama and opened AMC's door to critical acclaim and an influx of Hollywood talent.
"AMC's original programming began with a mission to create bold storytelling of the highest quality, and Mad Men was the perfect expression of that commitment," said AMC president Charlie Collier in a statement. "We've been proud to support this show from the day we read Matt's ground-breaking pilot script and have loved building it with Matt and Lionsgate into the cultural phenomenon it has become. For everyone involved in the show and its passionate fans, we are thrilled to announce that the series will continue on AMC under the exceptional vision of Matt Weiner."
AMC announced Tuesday that it had greenlit production on the next season of Mad Men despite a contract dispute with Weiner. The ongoing negotiations pushed the fifth season premiere to early 2012, instead of the show's normal summer return.
The Mad Men maven was reportedly offered a contract worth about $30 million, but remained opposed to requests by AMC to cut minutes from each episode to add commercial time and reduce the number of cast members to save money.