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

Definition of showrunner

: 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 Eric Kripke, showrunner of The Boys proper, will also serve as EP with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, and The Boys comic creators Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. Nick Romano,, "The Boys spin-off about college for young supes in the works at Amazon," 24 Sep. 2020 Jenkins will helm the ship (sorry, had to), having previously served as showrunner for TBS's People of Earth. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Our Flag Means Death: What We Know About Taika Waititi's Pirate Comedy at HBO Max," 17 Sep. 2020 Justin Hillian will return as showrunner and executive producer on Season 4. Joe Otterson,, "‘The Chi’ renewed for Season 4 at Showtime," 8 Sep. 2020 Riverdale creator and showrunner, Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, is currently planning to bring back Pretty Little Liars for another run, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Pretty Little Liars" Reboot Planned by "Riverdale" Creator is in the Works," 2 Sep. 2020 To take just one example, the showrunner, star, and many lead actors in the most successful French television series of recent years, Le bureau des légendes (released in the US as The Bureau), all have Jewish ancestry. David A. Bell, The New York Review of Books, "The Duchess & the Jews," 8 Sep. 2020 Season 3 of the drama series also saw Jason Mitchell’s character killed off after Mitchell was fired from the series due to allegations of harassment from former showrunner Ayanna Floyd Davis and co-star Tiffany Boone. Joe Otterson,, "‘The Chi’ renewed for Season 4 at Showtime," 8 Sep. 2020 Israeli filmmaker Oran Zegman will make her directorial debut on the project, which was written by Aeysha Carr, the showrunner of Hulu's Woke who's also currently writing Paramount's reboot of Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Nick Romano,, "Troop Beverly Hills sequel written by Woke showrunner in the works," 4 Sep. 2020 The Hollywood Reporter reports that Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is working on the script. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Pretty Little Liars Reboot: Everything We Know So Far," 3 Sep. 2020

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1989, in the meaning defined above

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“Showrunner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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