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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

Writer:

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

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2014 (Ireland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Great show!
28 April 2015 | by Arenas4812See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this. When I worked as an E.P. at a small town station...creating content for multiple hours a day is tough (think Wyoming or Montana). I agree with the "new" term Show-running. These guys are definitely more like a Station Director or Manager at that point. Not just an E.P.! This is a pretty good insight into the world of television. I was surprised at how similar the writing process is with local stuff and a network drama. It's still writing scripts to get the audience's attention. Dealing with the networks has to be nerve racking at the level! Breaking into T.V. at any level is tough now-a- days. I liked the one producer's story on how it took him ten years to be successful. This film is definitely a watch for college students trying to break into TV/Broadcasting!


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