Advanced TV Series Showrunning
Learn how successful showrunners manage their series in this practical course taking you behind the scenes of today’s TV landscape.
What you can learn.
- Learn the various roles the showrunner plays as a series’s head visionary and leader
- Gain insight into how to develop the business acumen needed to survive as the head of a series
- Discuss how to keep your series consistent through the arc of your season and series run
- Develop a series bible with pilot summary and series arc
About this course:There is currently high demand for skilled showrunners, the person who generally creates the series, writes the pilot, sells the series, and stays on to run the series. In this course, you gain access to the process from the first pilot script to getting the budget to send it to pilot, with the goal of ultimately getting picked up for a series. As the overall success of the series depends on both creative and business acumen, you also gain insight into the negotiation process with the studio, network, or distributor. You learn how to staff writers and break stories; run the writers' room; pull the production team together; work with rotational directors, production heads of departments, editors, and other matters of post-production—making sure all episodes are consistent and reflect the overall series arc—all while managing relationships with the network, studio, and broadcasters. Your final project will be to hand in your Series Bible complete with pilot summary and series arc. Guest speakers from the industry share inside knowledge and examples so you can plan your path to success as a showrunner.
You will need to submit a completed questionnaire, a half-hour or one-hour original pilot script, and a resume for this course.
Summer 2020 Schedule
These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.
Enrollment limited to 12 students. Visitors not permitted. $100 nonrefundable. Not eligible for any discounts.
Course may be taken as a certificate program core requirement or elective.
The deadline for submissions has passed. Any new applications beyond June 1st will be placed on standby for late consideration. There is no fee to apply.
Instructions for Submitting:
Click on “Enroll” then follow the prompts to check out and create a new account, or enter your information as a returning student. Then, follow the remaining instructions below:
- At the “Contact Information” Page, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page and initial both boxes under “Privacy Policies.” Continue Checkout.
- Click “Start” on the first Application page.
- On the 2nd Application page, click “Start” on the bottom left side of the page.
NOTE: despite being asked to enter payment information, YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED for this course unless you choose to enroll if / when you receive a notice of acceptance for the course. In other words, it’s 100% free to apply. The full course fee will be due up front to register, prior to attending the course. Since enrollment is restricted there are no applicable discountable promos available for this course.
Selection notices will likely be distributed via email 1 to 2 weeks before the class is scheduled to start. In the meantime, you can also register for alternative open-enrollment course and transfer upon your acceptance.