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‘Fear the Walking Dead': Dave Erickson to Step Down as Showrunner After Season 3

Writer/producer signs overall deal with AMC to develop other projects

“Fear the Walking Dead” showrunner Dave Erickson will step down after Season 3, TheWrap has learned.

The writer will stay on as an executive producer and has also signed an overall deal with AMC Studios to develop other projects for the company, including properties for other AMC Networks channels such as SundanceTV.

“We’re beyond grateful for Dave’s amazing work on the first three seasons of ‘Fear the Walking Dead,'” Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, said in a statement Friday. “With Dave as showrunner, the series fulfilled its creative promise to expand the ‘Walking Dead’ universe in a way that was totally unique from the original series, and has gone on to become the #2 drama series in ad-supported cable, behind only ‘The Walking Dead.’ We are also incredibly excited that Dave has chosen to stay in the AMC family to pursue his next passion project. We look forward to many more successful collaborations.”

Erickson has been showrunner on “Fear” since its inception, when he worked with “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman to develop the spinoff series.

Season 3 of “Fear the Walking Dead” is currently in production and will premiere later in 2017. The series stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Frank Dillane and as TheWrap exclusively reported, “Teen Wolf” alum Daniel Sharman.