Hollywood’s “Showrunners”

Increasingly, the TV industry’s most successful programs are not the creative result of a traditional production team (writers, producers, directors, actors) working together to beat the odds and make a hit show. Rather, the prime time landscape is now dominated by “showrunners… [who] do just about everything on a dramatic series, from writing scripts and casting actors to negotiating with the networks over salaries and budgets.” It may seem like a cosmetic change, but the fact is that showrunners are changing the landscape of scripted television.