'Showrunners - The Art of Running a TV Show'
(DVD / NR / (2014) 2015 / PBS)
Overview: 'Showrunners - The Art of Running a TV Show' is a documentary that explores the world of U.S. television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. Features Joss Whedon, JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and others.
DVD Verdict: 'Showrunners - The Art of Running a TV Show' is a really well done documentary. Not only does it teach a lot about the job of being a show-runner, but there is some good background on how television is changing, and media in general.
We are in a time where it might look good to start on the internet and then hope for a move to television, and then a realization that the internet might be the best fit. At the same time there are people who would have wanted to be in movies, but found greater freedom in television. The internet and social media plays a role that it didn't before.
Watching it, I was genuinely surprised at how similar the writing process is with local stuff and a network drama. It's still writing scripts to get the audience's attention. Dealing with the networks has to be nerve racking at the level! Breaking into TV at any level is tough nowadays. I liked the one producer's story on how it took him ten (10) years to be successful!
This film is definitely a watch for college students trying to break into TV/Broadcasting! So if you like thinking about entertainment - not just watching it, but also learning how it gets made, this is a great look at that. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.