Discover the skills and knowledge successful showrunners need to thrive in today’s market
Participate in hands-on activities that enrich your understanding of a showrunner’s work
Learn how showrunners manage a writer’s room and liaise with network and studio execs
Get the basics of producing work by learning about budgets and series logistics
About this course:
How do you create a narrative dramatic series, sell it, and have the series made, all while keeping your vision a priority in every aspect of the creative process? This is the role of the showrunner—the lead producer/writer on a television or digital series, responsible for the creative vision along with the business and logistical aspects of a series. There is currently a high demand for skilled showrunners, and in this workshop, we focus on demystifying what a showrunner does. This workshop is set up as a boot camp, exploring the breath of knowledge a showrunner needs using hands-on exercises, lectures, viewing of footage including dailies and rough cuts, discussing the pilot script and series writing process, and giving notes on scripts—as well as covering the practical issues of production, maximizing budgets, and overall series logistics.
Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.
This course is held via video teleconference. Instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at the course meeting time as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.