What is Showrunning?
There is not
that fits all.
Showrunning is best described as the process that
takes a show from scratch to screen, from creation
to completion. There is not one process that fits all.
Like form follows function, the process follows the
vision of the show.
Those who hold the
vision and lead this
beginning to end, are
or a shared role.
The role can be shared, provided the partners have
complimentary skillsets and are in complete
alignment on the vision. The team may consist of
two or even three people, but usually not more, as
the differences in opinion may cause the creative
vision to get lost, essentially reproducing the need
of a leading vision holder.
Television series are
a showrunner's medium.
The position is unique to series creation and essential to building a
uniform end product ensuring all episodes within all seasons are
consistent. While the showrunner position originated within the drama
series world, it is necessary when serializing any format and is therefor
carrying across to other genres like comedy, non-scripted and
It's about making real
decisions about real
problems in the real world of production.
Showrunning requires more than solid writing.
It’s about knowing how to turn a creative vision into
production reality, overseeing the many moving parts
throughout the entire production. It’s about making real
decisions about real problems in the real world of
production – far beyond the original seed of creation. It
requires an understanding of how to lead a team and
to manage creatives and creativity. It’s a role best
suited for people who are able to clearly communicate
their vision – both on a large scale and in minute detail
– not only to creatives, but also to studio and network
executives who decide what gets made and what
A good story is where every path to becoming a Showrunner begins.
There's no single
path to becoming
But it always requires strong collaborative skills and
leadership capabilities. You may also need a proven
track record to show that you are a safe hand before
being asked to become the showrunner.
Regardless of what path you find yourself on, it always
starts with being a great storyteller. A good story is
where every path to becoming a showrunner begins.
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