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Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show

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Des Doyle

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About the Movie

“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 are the people responsible for creating, writing and overseeing every element of production on one of the United States' biggest exports – television drama and comedy series. Often described as the most complex job in the entertainment business, a showrunner is the chief writer / producer on a TV series and, in most instances, the show’s creator. Battling daily between art and commerce, showrunners manage every aspect of a TV show’s development and production: creative, financial and logistical. Featuring interviews with the showrunners behind Lost, Boardwalk Empire, Bing Bang Theory, The Good Wife, Sons of Anarchy, Spartacus, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, Person of Interest and Firefly.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 6
  • Fresh: 4
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: "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. – Brian Lowry, Variety, Oct 30, 2014

Fresh: "Showrunners" is a lively snapshot of the not-always-easy intersection of art and commerce. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Oct 30, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Nerdiest Writer’s Panel

An incredible Documentary, it started out feeling fast paced and an exciting world and it definitely fine-tunes it to getting an inside look to what the Showrunners have to go through on a daily basis, the stress, the heartbreak and taking the successes lightly and holding on to them. I thoroughly enjoyed it, with a very low-key ending which really shows that the work is never over.

I loved it, and really educated me. Thank you.


Unfocused and Repetitive

Put rather simply — a bunch of TV manager-people running around in circles telling us (very repetitively) how very very busy they are and that they are under a lot of tremendous pressure. I figured that out in the first 20 minutes. Then they repeated themselves for another hour. Ho-hum… The only thing I learned was they are a kind of high-pressure “TV manager” that brag about how very busy and what tremendous pressure they work under. Did I already say that? Again, ho-hum.

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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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