show·​run·​ner ˈshō-ˌrə-nər How to pronounce showrunner (audio)
variants or less commonly show-runner or show runner
plural showrunners also show-runners or show runners
: a person who oversees the writing and production of each episode of a television series and has ultimate managerial and creative control over the series
A showrunner is more than just a producer. He or she is the creator or co-creator of a show and is a writer as well. These people are the guiding lights for a production. They are making decisions about casting, story arcs, as well as the day-to-day issues of getting a show done and ready for air.G. Michael Dobbs

Examples of showrunner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The showrunner does own the rights to the other four of Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels and originally planned to adapt all of them in future seasons. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 6 June 2024 Weiss, True Blood's Alexander Woo and David Benioff will continue to serve as executive producers, showrunners and writers through seasons 2 and 3, per Netflix. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 1 June 2024 Jenelle Riley, Variety’s deputy features and awards editor, will moderate the conversation featuring Issa López, creator, executive producer, showrunner, writer and director, and series actors Kali Reis and Isabella Star LaBlanc. William Earl, Variety, 21 May 2024 While Padalecki hasn’t announced his next project, former Supernatural showrunner Eric Kripke has already expressed interest in finding a place for the younger Winchester brother in his current show, the giddily violent Amazon Prime Video hit The Boys. Sara Netzley,, 26 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for showrunner 

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First Known Use

1989, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of showrunner was in 1989

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“Showrunner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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