The Role of a TV Showrunner

SCRIPT 726.16

Uncover the secrets behind the mesmerizing world of TV series creation in the role of a TV showrunner.

As few as 1 day

What you can learn.

  • Demystify how showrunners balance creativity with fiscal responsibility
  • Understand the effective leadership skills needed to manage a diverse talent of writers, directors, and production teams
  • Learn script crafting and storytelling techniques employed by showrunners to captivate industry decision-makers and audience engagement
  • Delve into the challenges that arises during production and how showrunners keep a TV series on track

About this course:

In this course you discover the multifaceted responsibilities, creative vision and strategic decision-making that shape the success of a TV series. You gain insight on the concept/script development of a television series, casting and character development, budgeting and production, team management, problem solving, along with network/studio involvement, promotion and marketing. This short seminar gives you an introduction to these topics and prepare you for the more practical application and practice that you experience in the intensive courses, SCRIPT X 426.1WS or SCRIPT X 426.1 - Showrunners Boot Camp.

Spring 2024 Schedule

Date & Time
Saturday 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT
Future Offering (Opens April 05, 2024 12:00:00 AM)
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Instructor: Cynthia Hsiung
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Location: Remote Classroom

Enrollment opens two weeks prior to the event. Enrollment limited; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.

This course is held via video teleconference. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer a live class meeting at the designated time. Students must be present at the course meeting time to participate in the class.

Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Sat Apr 20, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom

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