walking dead 2 peek 320 'The Walking Dead' special effects guru Greg Nicotero inks AMC dealThings are pretty lively behind the scenes at AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

The latest development: On Thursday (Sept. 15), special effects make-up guru Greg Nicotero was named a co-executive producer and snagged himself a first-look development deal with the network.

This is good news for fans of the zombie hit. Nicotero’s creative stamp is all over the look-and-feel of the show and he’s a stabilizing force in the absence of creator Frank Darabont, who parted ways with the show in late July just days after hyping the second season at Comic-Con.

According to an AMC press release, Nicotero has also directed several webisodes for the show and will helm an episode himself.

“I have always felt like the show had a cinematic feel and everyone involved is dedicated to making this show something special,” says Nicotero in the press release. “To be able to branch out and to develop not only the web series but also genre material is something I have always wanted to do; given the people I have had the pleasure of working with over the last 23 years.”

Nicotero joins executive producers Gale Anne Hurd, showrunner Glen Mazzara, David Alpert, “Walking Dead” comic book creator Robert Kirkman and Charles H. Eglee.

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson