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 Ron Nyswaner is adapting the book for the screen and will also serve as showrunner and executive producer on the series. Joe Otterson, Variety, 7 Sep. 2021 Glover is still attached to the project as co-creator, executive producer, and star, with Atlanta’s Francesca Sloane signed on as co-creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the series. Charu Sinha, Vulture, 6 Sep. 2021 The series has a mostly Asian American cast with an Asian American showrunner and executive producer. Editors, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2021 The series has a mostly Asian American cast with an Asian American showrunner and executive producer, Christina M. Kim. Alicia Rancilio, Chron, 5 Apr. 2021 Erik Oleson created the series and will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Joe Otterson,, 25 Feb. 2021 Peet is married to David Benioff, who co-created and was co-showrunner of Game of Thrones. Ew Staff,, 20 Aug. 2021 After the chaos of the early seasons abated, Hanawalt began to think more seriously about becoming a showrunner herself. The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2021 Michael Waldron, who’s worked on both Community and Rick and Morty, serves as creator and showrunner. Sage Anderson, Rolling Stone, 8 June 2021

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1989, in the meaning defined above

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“Showrunner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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