Years ago, no one knew who ran a TV show. These days, showrunners are celebrities. The men and women who helm your favorite TV shows are just like film directors, but for movies that are 10 times as long, if not much longer. Running a show is an almost unfathomable task and a new book explores what that actually entails.
It’s called Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show by Tara Bennett and it features the words and wisdom of famous showrunners like Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Ronald D. Moore, Terence Winter, Shawn Ryan and many more. It hit shelves today and below we have an exclusive excerpt thanks to Titan Books. Featuring quotes from Whedon, Moore and more, this section of the Showrunners book answers the question “What makes a good showrunner?” Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
Whereas TV was once thought of as cinema’s lowbrow cousin, these days the small screen is where some of Hollywood’s greatest artistry can be found. It’s tough to argue that a show like Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones or Mad Men has any less merit than the latest feature effort by David Fincher or Michael Mann — particularly when Fincher and Mann are themselves are crossing the divide to direct episodes of House of Cards or Luck. Driving that new renaissance are the visionary showrunners who manage everything from the storylines to the casting to the budget to put their stamp on every episode.
Showrunners: A Documentary Film looks at just how these men and women do their jobs. Among the interview subjects are TV icons like Joss Whedon (Buffy, etc.), J.J. Abrams (Alias, etc.), Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), and Damon Lindelof (Lost), plus stars like Kristen Bell, Ray Romano, and Don Cheadle. Director Des Doyle is currently raising funds for post-production via Kickstarter, and has just revealed a new trailer that you can watch after the jump.
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As movie fans, we’re constantly amazed at the creativity and talents of our favorite filmmakers, actors and actresses. For months, sometimes years, they painstakingly work on a singular story until they feel it’s ready for public consumption. But imagine those same people had to make a mini-movie every single week and keep it entertaining and interesting over the course of several months or years. It would be extremely difficult. It would be a television program. And as movies become more and more centered on existing properties, remakes and sequels, television is where real creativity is now beginning to blossom. Shows like AMC’s Breaking Bad and Mad Men or HBO’s Game of Thrones or Treme are just a few current examples of how TV is beginning to usurp the movies.
This trend is just one of the topics that’s sure to come up in a currently in-production documentary called Showrunners. Directed by Des Doyle, the film will attempt pull back the curtain on the small screen creative process and talk with the men and women who not only create and oversee some of the best shows on television, but provide insight as to what it is about television that keeps it consistently fresh.
Showrunners is currently in-production but they’ve already interviewed a slew of impressive people, many of which show up in this trailer for the film. Check it out after the break. Read More »