7 February 2013 8:43 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

It.s fair to say that show runners are well and truly on the agenda for the Australian television industry. It was the buzzword around the Spaa conference last November, and will be a major focus at this month.s Television Writers Studio, where the star guest is Glen Mazzara, show runner for The Walking Dead.

Mazzara, a veteran writer of long-form television series, notably on The Shield and Crash, is now one of the leading stalwarts of the show runner model, sharing the mantle with such esteemed company as Breaking Bad.s Vince Gilligan, Sons of Anarchy.s Kurt Sutter and The Shield.s own Shawn Ryan.

As he explains it, "it.s two different roles. You.re the head writer, who leads a writing team and is responsible for working with the directors, actors, writers, and editors, making all of the creative decisions for every episode, developing the »

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