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About
Showrunner
Society.

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Our Roots.

It all started with the EMC.

Founded in 2005, the Entertainment Master Class (EMC) has pioneered a new style of peer-to peer education, created by the industry for the industry, designed for aspiring creators, executives and entrepreneurs who work in the worldwide business of television entertainment. 

 

EMC launched the first ever Format Masterclass, premiering in 2005, the first Comedy

Masterclass in 2006, the first Entertainment Management Masterclass in 2010, and the first Showrunner Masterclass in 2014. Year in, year out, our Masterclasses have travelled the world, evolving as the business evolves. We do not use rigid curriculums or degree programs and we do not believe in the teacher above the student paradigm. We believe in the fluidity of creativity and thought, a flow of information and experience shared from peer to peer, coming together in a Circle of trust. It is for this reason our classes are so successful and participants return year after year; the knowledge is ever changing, always relevant and flowing freely for the taking.

“From curiosity to creativity,

From experience to mastery.”

We are Global.

More than 250 leading practitioners from within the industry and around the world speak,

teach and mentor at the EMC. Internationally recognised for its interactive curriculum,

collaborative dialogue, and global reach, the EMC has earned a reputation as the television industry’s own school of entertainment.

The school is proud of more than 1000 Master Class Alumni from over 40 countries who moved on to be ahead of the game, making them true Masters of Entertainment.

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Our Growth.

Why Showrunning.

Technology is changing the television landscape. Streaming has upended the way television is watched, with local broadcasters everywhere transforming how they deliver content to compete with the global streamers. Terrestrial networks and cable channels are morphing into streaming services and pivoting to international. But they all need local content. This model is fuelling an explosion in production and demand for quality television series.

Quality television series require more than solid writing. It requires someone who can lead the writer’s room and guide production – overseeing writing, shooting, editing, and sometimes even marketing – to ensure that the vision on the page winds up on the screen – seeing the series through from conception to completion. It requires real, experienced showrunners.

There are barely enough experienced writers to keep up with the demand. And while there are a host of new writers and writing producers ready to take up the challenge, the problem remains, there are nowhere near enough experienced showrunners to lead the way. The Showrunner Society has been created to address this situation, bringing the world’s best series makers together with the best up and coming talent to help foster the next generation of showrunners.

“A Multi-Media Hub For

Showrunners Worldwide.”

The Circle.

In 2014, we launched the world’s first Showrunner Masterclass in New York City. We took our Showrunner Masterclass around the world building a unique approach to education and working with the top international series creators. With our wealth of knowledge and understanding of the ever-evolving media landscape we created The Circle: The ultimate learning experience.

The Big Picture.

The Showrunner Society is a home to showrunners, a way for writers, directors and producers to learn the craft of showrunning and a place for industry executives to access a pool of talent capable of making the shows they need.

It’s a multimedia experience involving the best creative talent from around the world and a forum to share experiences, exchange ideas, and stay informed about what’s happening in the business of showrunning. Most importantly, it’s a place to develop the relationships that are the key to success.

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Advisors & Mentors.

Our Advisory Board and Mentors comprises of world

class showrunners and top-level executives from the

global entertainment industry with a wide range of

experience across genres, countries and cultures.

 

Team.

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We are a dedicated international team, passionate about supporting creatives and increasing diversity in the entertainment industry.

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CHRISTOPH FEY

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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REBECCA ROTH

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

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STEVEN BAWOL

DIRECTOR

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SHANNON GETTY

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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STEVEN ADAMS

CO-HEAD GLOBAL STRATEGY

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THEO DUMONT

CO-HEAD GLOBAL STRATEGY