showrunner

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showrunner

In the production of a television show, the person who has the ultimate control over its creative vision. Shonda Rhimes used to be the showrunner for "Grey's Anatomy."
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"I get the opportunity as a showrunner to present a hero to a community that's underserved in terms of having superheroes.
But taking on a showrunner job means more than just shaping the story.
You would get a very downbeat view of the lifestyle of a showrunner. I was very daunted."
However, given that a showrunner has been selected for the second season, it is highly likely that "Designated Survivor" will be renewed.
"When a showrunner is let go because the network or studio decides the creative direction of the show isn't working in the episodes they've seen so far--that's disastrous.
Multitasking and learning to delegate effectively are the nature of the beast for a showrunner. Having to do that times three should only sharpen those skills, Plec predicts.
Ilene Chaiken went from zero to 60 as a showrunner on her first TV project as a writer, Showtime's "The L Word." She'd worked as a screenwriter and as an executive in TV, but never had a staff job on a TV series until she was calling the shots.
"After more than 10 years as an executive, I had the managerial skills you need to be a showrunner," she says.
That's exactly what happened with the ABC Family drama "Kyle XY." From there, she was off and running --and counts her background as an assistant and an exec as key building blocks to her success as a showrunner.
The first thing participants in the program learn is that "there's no way that anyone can completely prep you for being a showrunner," York says.