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Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show (2014)

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A documentary that explores the world of U.S. television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them.

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Des Doyle

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Des Doyle

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Credited cast:
J.J. Abrams ... Himself
Kristen Bell ... Herself
David Boreanaz ... Himself
Matthew Carnahan ... Himself
Steven S. DeKnight ... Himself
Emily Deschanel ... Herself
Chris Downey Chris Downey ... Himself
Jane Espenson ... Herself
Hart Hanson ... Himself
Helen Hunt ... Herself
Joshua Jackson ... Himself
Mike Kelley Mike Kelley ... Himself
Michelle King Michelle King ... Herself
Robert King Robert King ... Himself
Mark Kubr ... Himself
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'Showrunners' is the first ever feature length documentary film 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 biggest exports - television drama and comedy series.The film intends to show audiences the huge amount of work that goes into making sure their favorite 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! Featuring candid interviews with Showrunners such as J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Bill Prady, Terence Winter, Damon Lindelof, Hart Hanson, Steven S. DeKnight. Written by Anonymous

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Their Vision Is Television


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Ireland | USA

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English

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17 October 2014 (Ireland) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,100, 31 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,100, 31 October 2014
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16:9 HD
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Showrunners has achieved a number of notable firsts for an Irish film. It is the first to ever be screened at both San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con and also the first ever to have had panels at both those events. It is also the first ever feature documentary to have been screened by the Television Academy Of America and was in fact the final screening to ever take place at the Academy's prestigious Leonard H.Goldenson Theatre where it had it's LA Premiere on Tuesday the 28th of October 2014. See more »

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An Irish Look at American Television
22 April 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A documentary that explores the world of U.S. television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them.

Although I am a huge fans of movies and have a rather solid understanding of their production and creation, I must confess I never really thought about television. I pictured it being similar, though on a smaller scale. This documentary shows that my belief is not accurate: in many ways, television is on a much larger scale, and certainly requires a greater capacity for creativity when new ideas have to be generated each week.

Touching on "Lost" was great, because it was a show many people (myself included) were addicted to. There is still debate over whether the creators really knew where the story was headed, and how much had to be invented along the way. Few, if any, of the fans were satisfied... could this have been rectified?


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