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SHOWRUNNERS Documentary to feature Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams and a host of TV producers

December 03, 2012|Elliott Serrano, For RedEye

Here's an interesting bit of news I received today for all you fans of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Fringe" and "Boardwalk Empire." It appears that a documentary featuring the creators/showrunners of these - and many other television shows - is currently in production, and it needs the public's support to see the light of day. Check this out and catch up with me at the bottom of the press release:

We all have our favorite TV shows, but have you ever wondered what happens in the writers¹ rooms and on the set ­ what doesn¹t make it onto the screen? The feature documentary SHOWRUNNERS pulls back the curtain for the first time, illuminating how shows go from the page to the screen according to Joss Whedon (BUFFY, ANGEL, FIREFLY), JJ Abrams (LOST, ALIAS, FRINGE), Bill Prady (THE BIG BANG THEORY), Hart Hanson (BONES), Damon Lindelof (LOST), Kurt Sutter (SONS OF ANARCHY),Jonathan Nolan (PERSON OF INTEREST) and dozens more top television creatives.

SHOWRUNNERS is the first ever feature length documentary to explore the fascinating world of US television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. These people are responsible for creating, writing and overseeing every element of production on one of the United State's biggest exports - television drama and comedy series. The film takes audiences behind the scenes of the chaotic world of the showrunner to reveal the incredible amount of work that goes into making sure their favorite TV series airs on time as well as the challenges that showrunners must overcome to ensure a new series makes it onto the schedules at all.

Some of the talent appearing in SHOWRUNNERS include:

JOSS WHEDON - BUFFY, FIREFLY
J.J. ABRAMS - LOST, ALIAS, REVOLUTION
DAMON LINDELOF - LOST 
TERENCE WINTER - BOARDWALK EMPIRE
BILL PRADY - THE BIG BANG THEORY 
KURT SUTTER - SONS OF ANARCHY
HART HANSON - BONES
JANET TAMARO - RIZZOLI & ISLES
SHAWN RYAN
- THE SHIELD                    
STEVEN S. DEKNIGHT
- SPARTACUS
MARK SCHWAHN
- ONE TREE HILL       
JANE ESPENSON
- BUFFY, CAPRICA                              
J.H. WYMAN
- FRINGE                              
MATTHEW CARNAHAN
- HOUSE OF LIES 
DAVID SHORE
- HOUSE                           
DEE JOHNSON
- BOSS
DEAN DEVLIN
- LEVERAGE                     
RON D. MOORE
- BATTLESTAR
JAMES DUFF
- THE CLOSER                    
MIKE KELLEY
- REVENGE
JONATHAN NOLAN
- PERSON OF INTEREST

Official website: http://www.showrunnersthemovie.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/showrunnersfilm

Facebook: http://facebook.com/showrunners

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If you click on the links above, they will take you to the Kickstarter campaign that's been created to help get this film funded. So what do you think? Are you interested in a documentary on how television in the U.S. gets produced?

If so, how much would you be willing to pitch in to see it made?

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