What is showrunner?

Showrunner

"Showrunner" is a term originating in the United States television industry referring to the person who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of a television series—although such persons generally are credited as an executive producer or supervising producer. (This should not be confused with runners, who are the most junior members of the production team, though sometimes showrunners are called "runners" in short.) The term is also occasionally applied to people in the television industries of other countries. Unlike films, where directors are typically in creative control of a production, in episodic television the showrunner usually outranks the director.

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Paul Lieberstein
... He served as the series' showrunner from seasons five to eight ... March 22, 2012, it was announced that Lieberstein would step down from his showrunner role to focus on a planned spin-off series featuring Rainn Wilson as ...
Army Wives - Production - Production Team
... In December 2006, Samantha Corbin-Miller was named executive producer/showrunner of the show, which was at the time in development ... In August 2007, Dee Johnson took over Army Wives for Melvoin, becoming the third showrunner ... away and focus on developing new projects." Melvoin returned in 2009 and has been the showrunner since then ...
Lauren Lazin - Career - Showrunner
... In 2012 Lazin was director and showrunner for Sperm Donor 74 Kids and Counting, a special for The Style Network, which was nominated for a 2012 EMMY ...
Showrunner - United Kingdom
... The concept of a "showrunner", specifically interpreted as a writer or presenter with overall responsibility for a television production, began to spread to the British television ... The first writer given the role of showrunner on a British primetime drama was Tony McHale, creator of Holby City, in 2005 ... for The Guardian wrote that "Over here, the concept of 'showrunner' has only made it as far as Doctor Who") ...
Spengbab - Production - Executive Producers and Showrunners
... during the show's entire history, and functioned as its showrunner from the show's debut in 1999 until 2004 ... release of the feature film in 2004, Hillenburg resigned as showrunner ... Tibbitt is currently its showrunner and also functions as an executive producer ...