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  1. Showrunners Sound Off: Judd Apatow, Ryan Murphy and Ava DuVernay on Empire-Building, Pigeonholing and Saying No

    6:02 am 5/16/2017

    Twelve star producers — also including Kenya Barris, Noah Hawley, Jenji Kohan, David E. Kelley and David Mandel — open up about writing scripts based on their own lives, how Trump is affecting their shows and getting put into creative boxes. Says DuVernay, "I get the first black everything. Every first black doesn't need a movie."Read more

  2. Ryan Murphy, Ava Duvernay, Jenji Kohan on TV Family They Identified With Growing Up | Drama Showrunner Roundtable

    5:00 am 5/16/2017

    "I didn't grow up seeing a family that felt like anything that I was connected to, even Cosby's, they had a lot more than me," said DuVernay.Read more

  3. 'Mr. Robot' Showrunner Sam Esmail Recalls Rami Malek's Audition: "He Was Shaking"

    5:00 am 6/27/2016

    "He literally said the script breeds anxiety. It was nerve-wracking. I was like, 'Is he gonna get through this audition?'"Read more

  4. 'UnREAL' Showrunner Marti Noxon: You Can't Worry About "What the Internet Is Going to Think"

    5:00 am 6/24/2016

    "['UnREAL'] is about women who are not necessarily likable, doing a job that is despicable, and we are not going to be afraid of that," Noxon told THR.Read more

  5. 'American Crime' Creator John Ridley Tackles Sexual Assault on Campuses

    5:00 am 6/22/2016

    "If we’re having trouble getting it, but it’s happening, maybe this is something we should be talking about."Read more

  6. 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' Producer Nina Jacobson on Fear of Tackling Subjects "Outside" of Her "Own Experience"

    5:00 am 6/21/2016

    "I was scared of taking on O.J. overall, as a white person, knowing this was a polarizing case. We made every effort to have an inclusive team, but ultimately, the people who began the project, it started with a bunch of white people," Jacobson told THR.Read more

  7. 'Jessica Jones' Showrunner on Defying Female Superhero Tropes: Ritter "Was Never Going to Play the Honey Pot"

    5:00 am 6/20/2016

    "She was never going to put on the tight bandage dress and heels and go and seduce the guy she needs information from," Melissa Rosenberg tells THR of crafting the lead character of the Netflix series.Read more

  8. 'Downton Abbey' Creator Julian Fellowes Calls Writing "An Act of Faith — You Just Have to Jump In"

    5:01 am 6/19/2016

    "I think you have to believe that if you’re fascinated by a circumstance, by a particular people, you are entitled to tell a story about them, otherwise none of us would get anywhere," Fellowes tells THR.Read more

  9. Watch Hollywood Reporter's Full, Uncensored Drama Showrunner Roundtable With Sam Esmail of 'Mr. Robot,' Marti Noxon of 'UnREAL' and More

    11:08 am 6/16/2016

    THR’s Roundtable series airs Sundays on SundanceTV. Read more

  10. Drama Showrunner Roundtable: 6 Top TV Bosses on Fighting for Diversity, Getting Pigeonholed and Casting "A—holes"

    6:45 am 6/6/2016

    Six of television's top drama series bosses — Sam Esmail, Julian Fellowes, Nina Jacobson, Marti Noxon, Melissa Rosenberg and John Ridley — open up about the stories that made them genuinely nervous, the things they still can’t believe they got past the network censors and the ongoing inequities of being anyone other than a privileged white male.Read more

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