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The Hollywood Reporter Names the 50 Power Showrunners of 2013

THR's annual list of TV's top writer-producers reveals the latest swings in the revolving door of who's on top -- and what it takes to stay there.

Jessica Chou

This story first appeared in the Oct. 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. 

After another 12 months of business that saw more headline-grabbing showrunner exits (The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara) and audacious debuts (House of CardsBeau Willimon), THR editors and reporters were intrigued once again to answer the question: What really goes into being the CEOs and creative chiefs of TV’s hottest series? Is it balancing multiple writers rooms in a single afternoon? (Yep.) Is it managing the marketing identity of a series, including even the branded Legos? (Uh-huh.) Is it surviving a shooting schedule that can make a Friday so long, one is inspired to create a new day of the week. (Indeed, that would be “Fraturday,” courtesy of first-time showrunner Willimon.) The most influential brains in the business reveal once again that showrunning TV’s biggest series is an occupation both defined by — and dependent on — a near-maniacal commitment to their crafts.


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