01/14/2013 05:07 pm ET

'The Walking Dead': Scott Gimple Is The New Showrunner

"The Walking Dead" has tapped Scott Gimple to serve as Season 4 showrunner.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gimple will replace Glen Mazzara as the brains behind the the zombie apocalypse series. AMC is not commenting on the story as of the time of publication.

Gimple joined the AMC drama in Season 2 as executive producer. His other credits include "FlashForward," "Chase" and "Pepper Ann." He'll be the third showrunner "The Walking Dead" has had in four seasons.

After series creator Frank Darabont left "The Walking Dead" very early in Season 2, Mazzara took over. Under Mazzara's reign, the series broke cable ratings records. The December 2012 midseason finale had 10.5 million viewers. But, according to reports, comic co-creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman helped in pushing Mazzara out of "The Walking Dead," despite AMC and Mazzara insisting the break-up was mutual.

"My time as showrunner on 'The Walking Dead' has been an amazing experience, but after I finish Season 3, it’s time to move on," Mazzara said in a statement. "I have told the stories I wanted to tell and connected with our fans on a level that I never imagined. It doesn’t get much better than that. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey."

"The Walking Dead" returns with new episodes on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. EST on AMC.

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