David Benioff, Jesse Armstrong, Álex Pina, JJ Abrams, Shonda Rhimes, Vince Gilligan. If you are here, you probably know them …
If these names, on the other hand, don’t tell you anything, you have to know that they all are Showrunners. Respectively from Game of Thrones, Succession, La Casa de Papel, Lost, Grey’s Anatomy and Breaking Bad. The enormous success of those Tv series (just a few examples, in a growing sea of high-quality serial audiovisual products) is mainly attributable to them, who are their authors-producers and developers in almost every single aspect. It is the figure of the Showrunner – indispensable for managing a heterogeneous group of professionals – who is currently the most powerful, sought after and courted in the working sector of TV series, which today represent the most important content offered by streaming platforms, apps, television networks. The Showrunners, in fact, oversee the entire Tv series, from pre-production to post-production, keeping broadcasters, production companies, screenwriters and fans at bay.
Their profession (and value) is well summarized and understandable through the words of the screenwriter, producer, author and professor of Screenplay and TV Production at UCLA Neil Landau:
“In the world of television, it is the Showrunner who makes the decisions. He creates the series, coordinates the writers, is the executive producer of the series, decides on the directors, the cast, the locations, the editing. He has a vision and pursues it, ensures compliance with the budget and finally ensures the author’s signature on the final product “
ShowrunnerLab … Coming soon at MDC Prato!
Manifatture Digitali Cinema Prato, in the early months of 2022, will host a unique laboratory in Italy, which will have the objective of training people willing to gain experience, and perhaps career, as Showrunners, figures in great demand in the world.
Very soon we will give you more precise news and you will know how to participate in our ShowrunnerLab, organized together with Good Girls Planet, founder of the ITTV Festival in Los Angeles …
So continue to follow us on our channels (website, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube) and you will have all the details!