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Hollywood’s 50 Most Powerful TV Showrunners of 2022

The showrunners highlighted on these pages are all too sharp to crib low-hanging Dickens — yet, for the writer-producers fueling entertainment’s most prolific and popular medium, it really is the best and not-so-best of times. Upward of 560 scripted series are expected to air in the U.S. by year’s end, as the industry hires more […]

From Shonda Rhimes to Tina Fey: What’s Next for 9 of TV’s Top Showrunners

These mega-producers didn't technically meet the parameters for The Hollywood Reporter's 2019 Power List — but their big deals and buzzy next acts makes most of them locks for 2020.

Hollywood’s 5 Most Powerful Animated TV Showrunners of 2018

Top cartoon creators (sub-category: not just for kids) may be excluded from The Hollywood Reporter's annual showrunner rundown, but that does not mean they are lacking in power. These EPs are Hollywood's 5 most powerful animated TV showrunners of 2018.

Norman Lear and ‘One Day at a Time’ Showrunners Talk #MeToo, Trump and Tackling Taboos

Norman Lear sits down with Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, the showrunners of his Netflix comedy series 'One Day at a Time,' for a conversation about how comedy has changed and how to make a topical show.

Hollywood’s 50 Most Powerful TV Showrunners of 2018

The Hollywood Reporter's annual rundown of the top 50 TV showrunners includes those executive producers with the Netflix gold — congratulations again, Ryan Murphy — as well as emerging talents like Jordan Peele and Lena Waithe.

Power Showrunners: ‘Veep’s’ David Mandel, ‘Black-ish’s’ Kenya Barris, More Reveal Whose Job They’d Want for One Day

Barris picks Lorne Michaels ("'SNL' has always been my dream job"), while Adam G. Goldberg chooses the Duffer Brothers (who hold all of the 'Stranger Things' spoilers).

Hollywood’s 50 Most Powerful Showrunners 2016

Yes, it's THR's annual rundown of those reigning and rising (alongside the swelling number of series), as stalwarts and upstarts alike — including the newbies behind 'Stranger Things,' 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' and 'Underground' — spill all.

Showrunner Roundtable: 12 A-List Writers Dish About Lesbian Weddings, Race and Why “Black People Don’t Get to Write for White People”

THR gathered six comedy bosses and six drama bosses — including Marta Kauffman, Kenya Barris and Sam Esmail — over two days to talk condoms, why it's a smoother road for "white dudes" behind the camera and the challenges faced by women: "In general, men can and frequently do fail up, and women can and frequently do succeed down — and you're just aware of the fact that as a girl, you can't screw up," says Nina Jacobson.

The Most Powerful Showrunners 2015

THR's annual rundown of TV's most valuable writer-producers, whose worth only keeps rising in this golden age of content — tarnish and all — as they reveal their idols and binge-watch favorites.

‘Showrunners’ Duo Detail the Doc’s Impossible and Amazing Race to the Finish (Guest Column)

Des Doyle and Ryan Patrick McGuffey write about the journey — and inspiration — in making the film about TV's best and brightest

The 50 Power Showrunners of 2014

The writer-producers at the top of their ultracompetitive class share career lows, the spec scripts they'd rather forget and their stranger-than-fiction fan interactions