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The Role of the Showrunner: Breaking the Mould

Tutors: Various Tutors

Date: Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Duration: 8 x 60mins sessions – 4-5pm

Venue: Online

Cost: €100

Course Profile:

Screen Skills Ireland in association with MediaXchange is pleased to offer The Role of the Showrunner – Breaking the Mould.

Leading Showrunners will deliver acute insights into the dual role of developing and sustaining the vision of a show and managing the writing and production practices.

This webinar series aims to provide an opportunity for writers, producers and executives working in drama to consider and examine elements to apply to their own process. Providing inspiration, by comparing and contrasting the best practices shared by Showrunners of successful limited and returning drama series from the US. Each speaker will offer perspectives on their varied approaches, from the creation of the concept and pitching, through development, pre-production, production and post.


Terence Winter Tokyo Underworld, Vinyl, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos

David Shore House, The Good Doctor

Soo Hugh Pachinko, The Terror, The Killing

Todd Kessler Bloodline, Damages

Maria Feldman False Flag, Fauda, No Man’s Land

Cheo Hodari Coker Luke Cage, Southland

Adi Hasak The Box, Margeaux, Shades of Blue, Eyewitness

Sarah Timberman Unbelievable, Elementary, Masters of Sex, Justified

Susannah Grant Unbelievable, A Gifted Man, Erin Brockovich


Tuesday, March 23rd: Creating original shows from true stories, the challenges of mingling real and fictional characters

Thursday, March 25th: Showrunners and the role of Executive Producers

Tuesday March 30th: Finding creative freedom within superhero brands

Thursday April 1st: Spotlighting the key elements in securing, managing and directing your stars and cast

Tuesday, April 6th: Building lead characters in ensemble shows and how they help sustain the success of long running series

Thursday April 8th: Creating the vision for genre and period drama shows

Tuesday, April 13th: The Creator/Showrunner as a ‘creative studio’: practical comparisons between the US and international options

Thursday April 15th: Examining the collaborative partnership between Creators and Executive Producers

There will be a 15 min Q&A at the end of each session.

Participant Profile:

Aimed at experienced writers, creative producers and executives who wish to gain further expertise in Showrunning and the associated developing, writing and producing for limited and returning television drama. Participants must have industry track record with at least two paid professional writing/producing/executive television credits.

Please note places are very limited and we expect a high volume of applications.

Screen Skills Ireland courses are open to all regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online by 12pm on Thursday 11th March 2021 with your up to date CV.

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