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Des Doyle and Ryan Patrick McGuffey Learn the Ropes with "Showrunners"

Left to right: Ryan Patrick McGuffey, Damon Lindelof and Des Doyle.

J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe), Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Shawn Ryan (The Shield), Damon Lindelof (Lost) and countless others shift from behind the scenes to become the focus of a new documentary, Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show. The doc offers numerous first-hand accounts of what it takes to get a TV show on the air and features a backstory that is almost as equally fascinating. Director Des Doyle and Co-Producer Ryan Patrick McGuffey, both natives of Ireland, sat down recently to discuss the arduous journey of bringing this film to life. "For anyone who has ever truly pursued the dream of making a film, they know it comes with costs attached. “The lucky thing about being a first-time director is that naiveté can make you unaware of just how big a challenge you've set yourself,
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Ronald D. Moore Talks Showrunners, Marrying Creativity and Business, When to Walk Away from a Project, Outlander, Star Trek and More

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show is a documentary that explores the role of the person or persons responsible for overseeing all areas of writing and production on a television series and ensuring that each episode is delivered on time and on budget for both the network that airs the show and the studio that produces it. In this perceived Golden Age of television, shows are now enthralling audiences the world over in the way that Hollywood feature films once did, and there is an increasing curiosity about the individuals that make that possible. The film features J.J. Abrams, Hart Hanson, Damon Lindelof, Ronald D. Moore, Joss Whedon, Terence Winter and J.H. Wyman, among others. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Ronald D. Moore (who is currently the showrunner on the hit Starz drama series Outlander) talked about what made him want to become a showrunner, marrying
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'Showrunners' Duo Detail the Doc's Impossible and Amazing Race to the Finish (Guest Column)

'Showrunners' Duo Detail the Doc's Impossible and Amazing Race to the Finish (Guest Column)
 J.J. Abrams (LostFringe), Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Shawn Ryan (The Shield), Damon Lindelof (Lost) and countless others shift from behind the scenes to become the focus of a new documentary, Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show. The doc offers numerous first-hand accounts of what it takes to get a TV show on the air and features a backstory that is almost as equally fascinating. Below, director Des Doyle and co-producer Ryan Patrick McGuffey detail the arduous journey behind Showrunners. Read more 'Showrunners': Movie Review For anyone who has ever truly pursued the dream of making

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‘The Showrunners’ Review: Engaging Look Behind-The-Scenes With J.J. Abrams, Bill Prady and Co.

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‘The Showrunners’ Review: Engaging Look Behind-The-Scenes With J.J. Abrams, Bill Prady and Co.
“The Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show” is a dream come true for TV fanatics, packed with powerful TV producers sharing insights about what it takes to get and keep a series on the air. J.J. Abrams, “Big Bang Theory's” Bill Prady, Joss Whedon and “The Good Wife” power duo Michelle and Robert King are among the many contributing to Des Doyle's documentary, screening at the Arena Theater in Hollywood and available on demand Friday. “The Showrunners” can be bittersweet — several of the shows tracked are no longer on air — and sags a bit toward the...
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Showrunners Documentary Chronicles the Rise of TV's Top Creators

For TV fans, showrunners like Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Kurt Sutter and J.J. Abrams are just as famous as the stars on their shows. A new documentary, available Friday on iTunes and Video On Demand (and in select theaters), takes an inside look at their jobs and what it takes to make a hit series.

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show is the brainchild of Irish filmmaker Des Doyle, who spent more than four years shooting the documentary. "It was borne out of the fact that I'm a huge, über TV fan," Doyle says....

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Daniel Radcliffe ‘Horns’ In On Specialty Box Office: Preview

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Daniel Radcliffe ‘Horns’ In On Specialty Box Office: Preview
Just in time for Halloween, Daniel Radcliffe gets some special powers and couple of appendages growing from his temples in Radius’ Horns, which will be this week’s biggest rollout among specialty newcomers. The title received a warm welcome at a Cinema Society event attended by its stars this week in New York. This week’s newbies are dominated by nonfiction fare, though with some exceptions. Kino Lorber is opening French/Swiss maestro Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye To Language following a successful festival run. It has been critically acclaimed, and the company is expecting it to be a box office winner too. The 2014 Best Documentary winners from South by Southwest and Tribeca are going head-to-head in their theatrical debuts. Radius’ The Great Invisible (SXSW) opened in limited release Wednesday in an exclusively theatrical rollout, and The Orchard is bowing Point And Shoot (Tribeca) in a single NYC run. Submarine Deluxe
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Review: ‘Showrunners: The Art Of Running a TV Show’

Review: ‘Showrunners: The Art Of Running a TV Show’
Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show” should probably be required viewing in film/TV studies classes, but as a mass-consumption documentary, it doesn’t quite pass the test. Much of that has to do with a lack of focus, inasmuch as it offers a snapshot of the exalted status of TV producers at an interesting time, but without a clear point of view or direction. The producers, obviously, are good storytellers, and there is something to be said — touched on here — about their shifting roles as TV has embraced an auteur quality. Still, the resulting doc finally feels like less than the sum of its anecdotes.

Irish filmmaker Des Doyle received funding from both the Irish Film Board and Kickstarter to assemble the project, which might explain a certain wide-eyed, rudimentary approach to the topic, from defining the term “showrunner” and the rungs of the writer-producer ladder to
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‘Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show’ Review

Features: J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Ronald D. Moore, Damon Lindelof, Bill Prady, Hart Hanson, Jane Espenson, Jonathan Nolan | Written and Directed by Des Doyle

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show is the first ever, feature length documentary film to highlight the fascinating world of U.S. television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. These people are responsible for creating, writing and overseeing every element of production on one of the United State’s biggest exports – television drama and comedy series. The film shows audiences the huge amount of work that goes into making sure their favourite TV series airs on time as well as the many challenges that showrunners have to overcome to make sure a new series makes it onto the schedules at all.

I watch a lot of television. Probably unhealthy amounts actually, but that isn’t important right now. The point I am
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Jj Abrams and Joss Whedon feature in new showrunners documentary

Jj Abrams and Joss Whedon feature in new showrunners documentary
The trailer for a documentary that delves into the world of Us showrunners and their importance to the television industry has been released.

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show is a feature length documentary film that includes Jj Abrams, Joss Whedon and Ronald D Moore.

The film will go behind-the-scenes, focusing on those charged with writing, creating and moderating Us television projects.

It will also show the immense workload showrunners take on and the challenge to make sure their series gets on air in time.

Damon Lindelof, Bill Prady, Hart Hanson, Jane Espenson and Jonathan Nolan will provide their insight into the world of television.

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show will be available to watch exclusively at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin and Galway's Eye Cinema on October 17. From October 31, the documentary will be available to buy on Volta and iTunes.
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Book Review: 'Showrunners: The Art Of Running Of A TV Show' Takes A Look At A Misunderstood Job

In Tara Bennett's book "Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show," the job is variously described as being a dictator, a CEO or leading an army. And while we're now in the era of celebrity showrunners—Damon Lindelof ("Lost," "The Leftovers"), Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men"), Vince Gilligan ("Breaking Bad")—it's often forgotten how expansive the responsibilities that come with that position truly are. If you've ever wondered exactly how complicated the machinery is that drives your favorite show, or what the gig actually entails, Bennett's book—a companion piece to the forthcoming documentary directed by Des Doyle—is a slightly jumbled, but still interesting peek behind the curtain. With names like Joss Whedon, Jonathan Nolan, Terrence Winter, Damon Lindelof and more taking part, 'Showrunners' brings a broad spectrum of talent from shows both popular and niche, both successful and failed, to help define what that eleven letter word means.
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Book Review – Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show

The job title Showrunner says a lot; if you have ever been watching TV and stopped to think about all the hard work and dedication that goes into keeping your favorite programs exciting, you’re thinking of a showrunner. We usually don’t think about all the work that’s done behind the scenes for shows to run smoothly; until recently in this golden age of television, many of us had never heard the term. Showrunners are creators and writers of television shows; they’re decision makers and the creative authority and management of episodic television shows.

A lot of TV shows over the last few years became “required viewing” for fans around the world like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, The Sopranos, Lost and The Big Bang Theory; each with notable showrunners who make it all possible. In Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show Tara Bennett explores
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Showrunners – TV's lords and creators

In America, TV writers are no longer made to feel like spare parts. Instead, they wield huge power – and their British counterparts aren't far behind

During the summer of 2009, I hosted a packed Q&A with visiting Americans Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse and Jack Bender, at which fans of their long-running ABC drama Lost queued patiently, proffering posters and DVD inserts to be signed and requesting photos. It was as if these middle-aged back-office executives were as famous as Lost's nubile stars. At this moment I began to understand the importance of "showrunners" in the imagination of Us audiences.

The "showrunner" has achieved cult status in America, thanks to our ever-deepening appreciation of how TV works, through fansites and box-set extras, brand loyalty to long-running franchises nurtured at fan conventions such as San Diego's Comic-Con, and the global watercooler of social media. (While Bender was busy shooting in Hawaii,
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Comic-Con 2013 Schedule for Friday, July 19th

Comic-Con International has announced the schedule for the second day of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 on Friday, July 18. You can clickHere to check out the full schedule, including comic book-related events, but we have pulled out all the movie, DVD, and TV-related panels right here. Take a look at what this day has to offer.

10:00 Am - 11:00 Am Cartoon Network: Regular Show

Care to join the not so regular cast and crew for an eventful hour of over the top regular? Yeeeeeeeeuh you do! Check out exclusive content and get the inside scoop on your favorite slackers and some of their closest friends. The panel features: Regular Show creator J.G. Quintel (voice of Mordecai), William Salyers (voice of Rigby), Sam Marin (voice of Benson, Pops, and Muscle Man), Sean Szeles (supervising director), Matt Price (writer), and storyboard artists Toby Jones and Calvin Wong. Part of the back-to-back Regular Show/Adventure Time Panel Extravaganza,
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'Showrunners: A Documentary Film' Takes You Behind the Scenes of Your Favorite TV Shows

Being one of the bigger movie sites on the Internet, we get sent a lot of links to Kickstarter projects. In fact, we could probably start a sister site called Kickstarter Fans or something like that and fill every day with highlights of all the cool projects looking for funding. Naturally, given the volume of things in development out there, we can’t cover everything that comes our way – but when something super cool does turn up, we like to share. Showrunners: A Documentary Film is one of those projects. We want to watch this right now – and if you love television, we bet you’re gonna want to check it out too. The premise is simple: Director Des Doyle and crew interview some of the biggest showrunners in Hollywood, giving the audience an inside look at...

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Showrunners: A Documentary Film Trailer with Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams

Showrunners: A Documentary Film Trailer with Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams
We all have our favorite TV shows, but have you ever wondered what happens in the writers rooms and on the set? What doesn't make it onto the screen? The feature documentary Showrunners: A Documentary Film pulls back the curtain for the first time, illuminating how shows go from the page to the screen according to Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly), J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias, Fringe), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), Hart Hanson (Bones), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy), Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest) and dozens more top television creatives.

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Showrunners: A Documentary Film is the first ever feature length documentary to explore the fascinating world of Us television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. These people are responsible for creating, writing and overseeing every element of production on one of the United State's
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'The Good Wife's' Showrunners Reveal the Perks of Being a Married Couple (Q&A)

'The Good Wife's' Showrunners Reveal the Perks of Being a Married Couple (Q&A)
This story first appeared in the Oct. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Take it from the Kings, the husband and wife showrunning team of CBS' The Good Wife: Mixing work and pleasure is no easy feat. Here Michelle, 50, and Robert, 52, who will be married 25 years next month, reveal the perks (and perils) of being married to their work. List: Top 50 Power Showrunners 2012 The Hollywood Reporter: What's the best part about working with your spouse? Michelle King: You can't resent someone not doing dishes if they're in the midst of a rewrite. Robert King:

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‘Bones’ Showrunners Confident in Season 9 Renewal

Much was revealed concerning Bones in today’s conference call with showrunners Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan, but after some online ribbing from David Boreanaz about the veteran show beginning its “Farewell Tour” this season, nothing should soothe fans more than the duo’s confidence in the show’s future.

In fact, according to Hart Hanson, Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel might stick around until at least season 9.

Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, Hanson said:

“They [Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel] are currently in negotiations through at least season nine. We’re pretty confident they’ll come to an agreement.”

And what of Boreanaz’s tweets concerning his own departure? Hanson accuses the actor of being mischievous when it comes to the Twitter fan base, but not malicious.

Stephen Nathan added:

“[Boreanaz] loves this show, and he’s better than ever. And ...

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Showtime Developing Female-Led Military Drama From 'Good Wife' Creators

Showtime Developing Female-Led Military Drama From 'Good Wife' Creators
Showtime is going into business with the creators of The Good Wife. The premium cable network is developing Girls With Guns, a female-led military drama from Robert and Michelle King. The working-titled drama revolves around two Los Angeles sisters whose family moves to the one place in the world where women are drafted into the military: Israel. Photos: 10 Showrunners to Watch in 2012 Ridley Scott and David Zucker will executive produce the effort for Scott Free Productions alongside the Kings, who will pen the project under the three-year overall deal they inked with CBS Television Studios in

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Dee Johnson: The lesbian producer behind "E.R.," "Rizzoli & Isles" and "The Good Wife"

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Dee Johnson has worked on some of your favorite shows and she happens to be an out lesbian. She began her career as a writer on Melrose Place in 1993 and eventually joined the team at E.R., where she fought for the Kerry Weaver storyline that was one of the turning points for major lesbian characters on network television. Dee said she's proud of the storyline, in general, but there are two things she said she "robbed from" her real life as a gay wife and mother.

"We had a fear, early on, when we both were having kids because I had no biology," Johnson said. "My partner had the kids. I just had a fear her mom, who's since passed away — that if anything ever happened .... that I'd be in for a battle. "So when when her partner,
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Just For Laughs 2012: Top Comedy Showrunners on Agents, Acting Talent and Charisma

Just For Laughs 2012: Top Comedy Showrunners on Agents, Acting Talent and Charisma
Montreal – Oh, so this is what comedy showrunners think about agents. Comedy agents aren't especially helpful in hiring sitcom writers because they often submit scripts they haven’t read, The Big Bang Theory showrunner Bill Prady told the Just For Laughs comedy conference on Saturday in Montreal. “They (agents) will send something, and say ‘this is fantastic, it’s a great read.’ And they’re saying that because someone handed it to them and said it’s a great read,” he insisted. Photos: Emmys 2012: Behind the Scenes Photos From THR's Comedy Showrunners Roundtable Prady recalled one agent telling him to

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