In television drama, the writers’ path to success goes through the Showrunner. Experienced writers who act as producers, Showrunners are responsible for the creative vision of a series. A good Showrunner is the perfect storm of creativity and showbiz savvy, navigating the demands of actors, directors, producers, broadcasters, and scores more. A good Showrunner also fills his room with GREAT writers.
Join three of the UK’s most successful Showrunners, the legendary Tony Jordan (Dickensian, Hustle, Life on Mars), Producer Gub Neal (The Fall, Cracker) and Simon Harper (Casulty, Holby City) as they dissect the role and discuss the Rise of the Showrunner in UK broadcasting. Topics covered will be:
- Penetrating and securing a seat in a Writersroom.
- Getting your voice heard without shouting.
- How to avoid being frozen out from the process.
- How to develop the skills (beyond writing) to get staffed on a show
- What a showrunner must go through to get a writer hired
- How to develop your skills as a team writer
- Career strategies. Should you specialize or be a jack-of-all-trades?
- What to do if a production company wants your pilot but doesn’t want you to run the show.
This is a must attend session for any and all writers contemplating or currently writing for TV.
Appearing in this session
Credits include: And Then There Were Two
Credits include: Casualty, Holby City
Credits include Hustle, Life On Mars, Holby Blue, Death in Paradise
Credits include Prime Suspect, Queer As Folk, Cracker, The Fall