The Walking Dead is shuffling on — and the series heads are shuffling around too.
AMC announced it has renewed its hit show for a ninth season.
In addition it has appointed a new showrunner in Angela Kang, a former co-exec producer and writer who has been with the show for seven years.
Her predecessor Scott Gimple meanwhile has been elevated to oversee the entire franchise, which includes sister show Fear The Walking Dead, spin off games, and more.
The entire franchise is believed to be worth more than $1billion.
‘This is an enormously important day for the entire The Walking Dead television universe,’ said AMC President Charlie Collier, THR reported.
‘We are proud to acknowledge Angela’s significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction. Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott’s broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe.
‘Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before,’ he added. ‘I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play Dead.’
Of his new role, Gimple said: ‘The Walking Dead is a special show which started in an entirely different era of TV, and continues, in this new era, to confidently take chances to tell compelling stories that excite audiences and make them deeply connect with its characters, adapting Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic book.
”As the show closes in on its 10th year, I’m honored to keep working with the talented, dedicated people behind and in front of the camera to make it all it can be, while expanding the world of The Walking Dead with new narratives like Fear the Walking Dead and a whole host of truly cool stories ahead.
‘Angela is a big part of the heart and soul of The Walking Dead, and I’m thrilled to help facilitate her vision of the show’s next era.’
Kang has written some 20 episodes of the show to date, including the acclaimed Coda and Still.
‘I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into this new role with The Walking Dead. Working on this series and having the opportunity to adapt Robert Kirkman’s amazing comic has been a fangirl dream come true for me,’ she said.
‘I’m excited to continue working with Scott and the wonderfully supportive folks at AMC, and can’t wait to share the next chapter of the story with our fans next fall.’
Kang becomes the fourth showrunner on The Walking Dead, after Frank Darabont, Glen Mazzara and Gimple.