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Book Review: SHOWRUNNERS: THE ART OF RUNNING A TV SHOW - Movies In Focus
Over the last 20 years US television has undergone a huge transformation. Quality writing has migrated to the small screen and series like The Sopranos, Mad Men and Game of Thrones (to name just a few) are catapulting episodic shows into a whole new realm. The writers behind these shows have unique voices which make the medium a wonderful example of the auteur theory. Unlike cinema, the writer can have a lot of control in television, shaping the show into what they want it to become. Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show is the companion piece to Irish filmmaker Des Doyle’s documentary of the same name. The book delves deep into the production of American television giving intricate details on what it is like being in control of a television show. It’s a difficult and stressful job and one that is very different from script writing. These writers have to continue to keep their writing hat on, whilst also becoming the show’s producer, meaning that they are responsible for the production of the show and the multi-million dollar budget that goes along with it. What makes Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show is the talent that [...]