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Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show (2014)

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A documentary that explores the world of U.S. television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them.

Director:

Des Doyle

Writer:

Des Doyle

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Credited cast:
J.J. Abrams ... Himself
Kristen Bell ... Herself
David Boreanaz ... Himself
Matthew Carnahan ... Himself
Steven S. DeKnight ... Himself
Emily Deschanel ... Herself
Chris Downey Chris Downey ... Himself
Jane Espenson ... Herself
Hart Hanson ... Himself
Helen Hunt ... Herself
Joshua Jackson ... Himself
Mike Kelley Mike Kelley ... Himself
Michelle King Michelle King ... Herself
Robert King Robert King ... Himself
Mark Kubr ... Himself
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'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 people are responsible for creating, writing and overseeing every element of production on one of the United State's biggest exports - television drama and comedy series.The film intends to show audiences the huge amount of work that goes into making sure their favorite TV series airs on time as well as the many challenges that showrunners have to overcome to make sure a new series makes it onto the schedules at all! Featuring candid interviews with Showrunners such as J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Bill Prady, Terence Winter, Damon Lindelof, Hart Hanson, Steven S. DeKnight. Written by Anonymous

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Their Vision Is Television


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Country:

Ireland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2014 (Ireland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,100, 31 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,100, 31 October 2014
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16:9 HD
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The film took 4 years to make - starting in September 2010 with principal photography completed in November 2012. With over 100 hours of footage shot it took the filmmakers a year to edit the film and then almost another year to complete all the clearances and releases required. As the film features so many Showrunners who have worked on a large number of different TV series over the years legal work involved dealing with almost every Studio, Network and Production Company in Hollywood. This massive task was undertaken by Director Des Doyle, Producer John Wallace and Clearance Co-Ordinator Julie Ryan. See more »

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Enlightening look behind the scenes
18 May 2015 | by gmharrisSee all my reviews

Really well done. Not only does it teach a lot about the job of being a show-runner, but there is some good background on how television is changing, and media in general.

We are in a time where it might look good to start on the internet and then hope for a move to television, and then a realization that the internet might be the best fit. At the same time there are people who would have wanted to be in movies, but found greater freedom in television. The internet and social media plays a role that it didn't before.

So if you like thinking about entertainment - not just watching it, but also learning how it gets made, this is a great look at that.

Good interviews. There are a lot of affable show-runners out there.


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