It was a great shock to fans of AMC's 'The Walking Dead' when show-runner Glen Mazzara opted to depart the acclaimed horror-drama in advance of the fourth season, despite being largely accredited with the increase in quality over the third. Mazzara still has a part to play in the next few episodes, including co-writing this Sunday's nail-biter "Prey," but will now develop a variety of cable series for FOX Television studios under his newly-formed production company "44 Strong." Find out about Glen Mazzara's next work inside!

Glen Mazzara's exit from 'The Walking Dead' may still sting even as new show-runner Scott M. Gimple shows promise with his own episodes, but Mazzara will land quite well on his feet once 'The Walking Dead' moves on to season 4. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Mazzara has begun his own production company 44 Strong Productions, and inked an overall deal with Fox Television to develop new cable series in the future. The deal returns Mazzara to the studio for which he formerly worked on 'The Shield.'

"I've had a long history with Fox Television Studios, and it feels good to set up shop at a studio that I respect and trust, especially with David leading the charge," Mazzara said in a statement. "FTVS is giving me the opportunity to develop my own projects and to shepherd other writers on their own shows. This is where I want to be, and I couldn't ask for a better partner as I take the next step in my career."

Scathing, no? In any case, we'll keep an eye out for Mazzara's next projects, and continue to enjoy 'The Walking Dead' in the meantime. Tell us what you think about the situation in the comments!