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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web It’s executive produced by Diggs, showrunner Elan Gale, Bill Dixon, Sonya Wilkes, Evan Wilkes, Michael Krupat, John Luscombe, and Shannon Stoeke. Check out the trailer for the series below. Okla Jones, Essence, 22 Nov. 2022 Elan Gale serves as the series showrunner as well as one of its many executive producers. Dory Jackson, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2022 But the most powerful name associated with Peters is A-list showrunner Ryan Murphy. Jordan Riefe, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 Those international and streaming rights became increasingly valuable as the series, developed for TV by first showrunner Frank Darabont, took off like a group of survivors fleeing the undead. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Nov. 2022 Created by showrunner Alexi Hawley (The Rookie), The Recruit also stars Fivel Stewart, Vondie Curtis Hall, Kristian Bruun, Aarti Mann, Colton Dunn, and Daniel Quincy Annoh. Emlyn Travis,, 16 Nov. 2022 For season two, Condal, who wrote or co-wrote four episodes of the first season including the premiere and finale, will serve as sole showrunner. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 12 Nov. 2022 And Morgan’s job as showrunner and writer is not to rally for the late princess’s vindication, nor to scrub over her more unsavory sides. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 10 Nov. 2022 The Good Place still command an outsized share of our affection, Ramos is the kind of showrunner (and Blockbuster is the kind of show) that my tribe wishes there were more of. Andy Meek, BGR, 2 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

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 1 Dec. 2022.

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