AMC's "Walking Dead" Companion Series Finds Its Pilot Director

Deadline reports that AMC has chosen director Adam Davidson to helm the pilot episode of its "The Walking Dead" companion series, set to shoot later this year.

The spinoff series will take place concurrently with "The Walking Dead," but will feature all-new stories. No further details have been revealed.

When the companion series was formally announced last month, "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman said in a press release, "The opportunity to make a show that isn't tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing." "The Walking Dead" executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert are also executive producers on the spinoff series, alongside Kirkman.

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Since winning an Oscar for his short film "The Lunch Date" in 1991, Davidson has worked primarily in television. His credits include AMC's "Hell on Wheels" and "Low Winter Sun," as well as "Fringe," "Friday Night Lights" and seven episodes of "Community."

In its fifth season, "The Walking Dead" is still a ratings monster. Last week's episode was seen by over 15 million viewers, the third largest audience in the show's history. "The Walking Dead" airs Sundays on AMC, and the companion series will debut in 2015.

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