“Showrunner Immersive”: 5 days of workshops and meetings for audiovisual professionals withe the major worldwide Executive and Showrunner

From the Toscana Film Commission (Fondazione Sistema Toscana) and Good Girls Planet / ITTV International Forum in Los Angeles, comes Showrunner Immersive – a spin-off of the Showrunner Lab. (the first Italian laboratory dedicated to the Showrunner profession) – 5 days of professionalizing workshops, insights, comparisons and analysis of case studies, aimed at those who work in the audiovisual sector, want to learn about the Showrunner profession and want to develop their skills and expand their network thanks to international mentors.

Showrunner Immersive takes place from 7 to 11 December 2023, in the wonderful spaces of Manifatture Digitali Cinema Prato (below, some photos), the ideal place for learning and social and professional interactions, with coffee breaks in the morning and afternoon and lunch – attended by everyone, mentors and members –, organized by our organisation.
*For those coming from Florence, there will be a vehicle available every day to take the Mentors and members to Prato and back to Florence.

This is the calendar:

  • Thursday 7 December: 3.00pm – 6.30pm
    1.20pm greetings and welcome
    followed by lunch all together
  • Friday 8 December: 11.00 – 13.00 | 2.00pm – 6.30pm
  • Saturday 9 December: 11.00 – 13.00 | 2.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Sunday 10 December: 11.00 – 13.00 | 2.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Monday 11 December: 10.30am – 1.30pm

You can register for Showrunner Immersive until the 7th of October 2023, by sending an email with the required documents to info@manifatturedigitalicinema.it (subject “SHOWRUNNER IMMERSIVE REGISTRATION”).


Showrunner Immersive


The Showrunner is a key figure in the U.S. entertainment industry, responsible for every aspect of serial production: from creative oversight to budget management, cast and crew coordination, and defining the overall vision for the show.

Spin-off of the Showrunner Lab. (the first Italian laboratory dedicated to the Showrunner profession), Showrunner Immersive allows those working in the audiovisual sector to:

  • Deepen and develop creative and managerial skills, through the study of a role that is increasingly establishing itself in Italy: that of the Showrunner;
  • Acquire and consolidate understanding of all key aspects of the television production process;
  • Acquire and enhance the skills needed to lead a production team (leadership techniques, human resource management, strategic planning and conflict management);
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of the current trends and market dynamics, including the new financing frontiers;
  • Networking, thanks to meetings with international producers and showrunners and collaboration with other professionals in the sector.


Showrunner Immersive is aimed at professionals in the audiovisual sector who wish to learn about the Showrunner profession and want to deepen their skills and expand their network thanks to international mentors.


Showrunner Immersive will take place from Thursday 7 to Monday 11 December 2023, for a duration of 5 days, at the spaces of Manifatture Digitali Cinema Prato, which combine learning and social interaction. Participants and Mentors will in fact be able to take advantage of common areas for morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunches (organised by MDC), in a contemporary and welcoming environment, ideal for informal networking.


The application must be sent no later than 7 October 2023. Participation is limited.
To apply, you must send the following documents to info@manifatturedigitalicinema.it (subject “SHOWRUNNER IMMERSIVE REGISTRATION”):

  • Front/back copy of a valid identity document;
  • Front/back copy of the tax code;
  • Curriculum vitae updated, signed and complete with privacy authorization in accordance with the provisions of the GDPR 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation).


Applications will be evaluated by the Showrunner Immersive Scientific Committee. Selected candidates will be notified by 9 October 2023 with a confirmation email containing instructions for finalizing the registration.


The registration fee for Showrunner Immersive is € 1,500.00 (VAT included).

The registration fee includes:

  • Secretary’s office;
  • Insurance charges;
  • Materials.

Any expenses for food, lodging and mobility are to be paid by the participants.

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee of Showrunner Immersive is composed of: Maria Pia Ammirati, Director of RAI Fiction; Antonella Barbieri, General Director of APA; Donato Carrisi, writer and screenwriter; Sean Furst, President of Skybound; Stefania Ippoliti, Director of Toscana Film Commission; Gary Marenzi, of Marenzi&Associati; Matteo Perale, Producer; Jeremy Spiegel, Showrunner and Executive Producer of Extra; Valentina Martelli, Founder and CEO of Good Girls Planet and ITTV International Forum; Cristina Scognamillo, Founder of Good Girls Planet and ITTV International Forum and Educational Director of Showrunner Immersive.

The Showrunner Immersive Mentors


Nancy Cotton is senior executive of scripted programming for MGM+ (formerly Epix), a commercial-free, premium linear channel and streaming service delivering a broad lineup of quality original series and docuseries, the latest movie releases, and classic film franchises—all available in the U.S. on TV, on-demand, online, and across devices. In this role, Cotton oversees the development and production of original scripted content, including the Emmy-winning series Godfather of Harlem from Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein, and starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker; the Western adventure Billy the Kid from Michael Hirst, starring Tom Blyth (The Hunger Games prelude); sci-fi horror series FROM, produced by the Russo Brothers, John Griffin, Jeff Pinkner, and Jack Bender; as well as Belgravia, from Julian Fellowes, based on his novel; Domina, the epic story of the Caesars from a woman’s perspective, starring Kasia Smutniak; Chapelwaite, based on the Stephen King short story Jerusalem’s Lot, starring Oscar winner Adrien Brody; and the upcoming crime thriller Hotel Cocaine, also from Brancato, starring Danny Pino and Yul Vasquez. Cotton reports into Michael Wright, head of MGM+. Prior to joining MGM+, Cotton was president, Heyday TV USA, where she produced the NBC drama series The InBetween. Previously, she was senior vice president, creative affairs at Fox21/Fox Television Studios, where she developed and oversaw series including multi award-winning drama The Americans; Emmy-nominated The Killing; and Imagen award-winning Queen of the South; as well as The Chi, written by Emmy award winner Lena Waithe; Seven Seconds, starring Oscar and Emmy winner Regina King; The Comedians, starring multi-award winning actors Billy Crystal and Josh Gad; and Saving Grace, also Emmy-nominated and starring Oscar-winner Holly Hunter. Cotton joined FTVS from Icon Productions, where she was head of television, executive producing several series including Kevin Hill, starring Taye Diggs, as well as the acclaimed 10-part documentary series Carrier, which followed the U.S. Navy’s nuclear aircraft USS Nimitz on its six-month tour to the Persian Gulf in 2005. Cotton also served as vice president of programming for Mandalay Television, where she developed and produced several series including Young Americans and as director, drama series at ABC, where she oversaw David Kelley’s award-winning series The Practice.


Neal Baer is a screenwriter, showrunner and television producer. Among the shows in which he worked: ERLaw & Order: Special Victims UnitDesignated SurvivorUnder the Dome. Baer, ​​a pediatrician (Harvard Medical School), began his career in television writing and directing an ABC Afterschool Special titled Private Affairs. He was then hired by writer and producer John Wells to write the drama series China Beach. John Wells re-engaged him as writer for the first season of ER, for which he contributed directly to four episodes and, with his medical expertise, to other storylines. He then became story editor, screenwriter, co-producer, producer of the famous series, receiving various Emmy Award nominations. Of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit he was Executive Producer and showrunner from the second to the twelfth season. From 2013 to 2015, he served as showrunner and executive producer on the TV series Under the Dome, while in 2018 he was hired as showrunner for the third season of the political thriller TV series Designated Survivor (Netflix).


David Warren began his television career with the international hit series Desperate Housewives, and directed sixteen episodes over seven seasons. He was Executive Producer/Director for Marc Cherry’s latest series, Why Women Kill for Paramount+, and Co-Executive Producer/Director for Mr. Cherry’s series Devious Maids, for three seasons. He recently directed 2 episodes of the new Netflix series Glamorous, starring Kim Catrall. He was Executive Producer/Director for Lena Waithe’s hit series Boomerang for BET, and directed numerous episodes of the the Netflix series Grace And Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin and six episodes of A Million Little Things for ABC. Other credits include multiple episodes of Gossip Girl, Weeds, Ugly Betty, iZombie, In Plain Sight, 90210, Life Sentence, Eva Longoria’s series Telenovela, Mysteries of Laura, starring Debra Messing, Forever for ABC, The Carrie Diaries, Drop Dead Diva, Valentine, Andi Mack and others. He was Producer/Director for the CW series Emily Owens, MD. In 2022 he received the Kinéo prize at the Venice Film Festival for best director of a foreign series for Grace And Frankie. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome and has taught at the Nuova Accademia delle Belle Arti in Milan and Rome, FAMU, the National School of Cinema in Prague, and the Shanghai Film Academy.


Jeremy Spiegel (Executive Producer / Showrunner / Creator / Writer) is the Executive Producer of the Emmy-winning American newsmagazine Extra. Spiegel is co-creator and executive producer of the Lifetime TV show Elizabeth Smart: Finding Justice, which focuses on real crimes. He has traveled the world to cover some of the most important stories of recent years, including: both O.J. Simpson’s trials, the Olympics and John Kennedy Junior’s plane crash. Jeremy Spiegel also co-created and produced the Emmy-winning series Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen, the reality series H8R, the daytime talk show Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, and Inside the Vault, a talk show produced by Telepictures, Liquid Thread and General Motors. He began his television career at FOX in New York.