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Showrunners 2014

  • Des Doyle
  • October 17, 2014
  • 76 mins
  • English
  • Documentary
The Art of Running a TV Show
“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 State’s 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.

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With the resurgence of TV shows and more people being aware of their actual creators one might wonder what is behind the title of the "Showrunner". Exactly this is what this doc seeks to answer. To do so they actually managed to get quite a few people for interviews http://www.showrunnersthemovie.com/about#tabs-2-3 (despite being an Irish production). The degree of insight varies but it gets the general consensus accross: It's a really, really stressful job but can also be rewarding. It certainly raised my respect for their work even if some of them are bad.
If you're interested in the inner workings of the TV industry you're bound to check it out. It's a well made and informative debut.

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