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.
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 Cards’ Beau 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.
Salim and Mara Brock Akil
The Game (BET)read more
The Primetime Animators
Team Seth MacFarlane: Rich Appel and Steve Callaghan, Family Guy, and...read more
Carter Bays and Craig Thomas
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)read more
Louie (FX)read more
Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner
Girls (HBO)read more
Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna
Community (NBC)read more
Veep (HBO)read more
Mindy Kaling and Jack Burditt
The Mindy Project (Fox)read more
Parenthood (NBC)read more
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)read more
Cougar Town (TBS)read more
Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd
Modern Family (ABC)read more
Team Chuck Lorre
Don Reo and Jim Patterson, Two and a Half Men; Steve Molaro, The Big ...read more
Liz Meriwether, Brett Baer and David Finkel
New Girl (Fox)read more
The Haves and Have Nots, For Better or Worse, Love Thy Neighbor (OWN)read more
Mike Schur and Dan Goor
Parks and Recreation (NBC), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)read more
Jeff and Jackie Schaffer
The League (FXX)read more
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