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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

How To Be A Showrunner

A great, great documentary about showrunners!!!… It gives a real good sense of what is like to be in a showrunner business, how to deal with the pressure, the deadline, the success or failure of a TV show. A must-see for who is considering in getting into this business!

Such an interesting movie filled with insight!

This movie easily held my interest with so much valid content and insight into what it takes to write, run, and produce a television show. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who has watched a television show, ever!

Solid Documentary

This was a solid Documentary…sort of a overview of the responsibilities and worries of being a show runner. I would say this would have been outstanding if Shonda Rhimes was included in this.

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show
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  • $6.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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