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The Walking Dead’s Gale Anne Hurd on Pioneering New Ground in TV

Gale Ann Hurd

Social etiquette question of the day: Is it okay to tweet during a zombie apocalypse? Not if you want to avoid being eaten alive by your now soulless gran (no amount of retweets is going to save you then).

But if you’re just wondering what Rick’s next move is going to be, your hope for survival has increased considerably. In the latest installment in Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, we asked Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer of The Walking Dead, what makes the show so tweeted about:

The Walking Dead is one of the most talked-about TV shows on social media. How does the show achieve such a large social presence and how do you think the industry will change as a result of second-screen viewing?

Well, I think that our show already had a following of people who are technologically advanced to begin with, the early adopters who were comfortable with a deeper dive into related media, whether that was finding out about the comic books and exploring them, participating in second-screening or watching the webisodes or the aftershow, The Talking Dead. People can experience the show 24/7. Now we’re going to be seeing a talk show after Breaking Bad called Talking Bad. I think you’re going to see a lot more of that and they’ll have their presences on the web, too. I think it’s really pioneered new ground on other shows.

For more on Hurd’s creative process and lessons from her career, read So What Do You Do Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer of The Walking Dead?

Sherry Yuan

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