showrunner

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noun show·run·ner \ ˈshō-ˌrə-nər \
variants: or less commonly show-runner or show runner
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of showrunner

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

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First Known Use of showrunner

1989


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