With two showrunners in three years making The Walking Dead a revolving door for producers, you might think AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan might have some observations on why that particular job eats ’em up and spits ’em out. but no. Instead, he delivers a brilliant demonstration of how to Shut. It. Down. when quizzed on the topic by THR:
The Hollywood Reporter: Why let Mazzara go from The Walking Dead when the show is breaking records? What happened?
Josh Sapan: We love the show, and we admire and cherish the work of everybody involved who made it an extraordinarily well-crafted TV series. … In the case of Glen, we decided mutually to part ways.
THR: But other showrunners have blasted your network. The Shield’s Shawn Ryan said, “It’s a real question now why good showrunners should sell to AMC.” How does that make you feel?
Sapan: 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.
THR: So those comments don’t concern you?
Sapan: 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.
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Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.