The veteran writer and producer takes over for series creator Jim Reynolds, who left the show amid complaints about his leadership.
From the dreaded “Zoom room” to hermetically sealed sets, the influential creators on The Hollywood Reporter’s annual rundown — including Michaela Coel, Daniel Levy, Ramy Youssef and more — reveal how they have overcome an unprecedented year with panache.
When television production shut down in the spring, a few showrunners began working on pandemic-themed series that could be shot mostly from afar. But will viewers even want more shut-in stories? Above, Dan Levy stars in the socially distanced HBO special Coastal Elites, which was originally written to be a filmed three-night live event. Plans changed.
Earlier this month, CBS fired Peter Lenkov, who’d overseen a powerful fiefdom. Vanity Fair spoke to 30 sources about what happens when a network gives somebody a difficult job, then seems to let problems pile up for years because he’s making it money.
The network has parted ways with one of its top showrunners after an investigation into what sources say were multiple claims that he created a toxic work environment.
In the wake of dozens of film and television productions abruptly shutting down amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, several organizations and high-profile showrunners — Greg Berlanti, Shonda Rhimes, David Benioff, Julie Plec, Damon Lindelof, Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan — have come together to fund a relief effort for Hollywood’s support staffers, a low-paid group that often goes overlooked.
The Hollywood Reporter’s annual rundown reveals who’ll be making the series (and the paydays) that define the industry’s next era — as these MVPs disclose what they watch when they aren’t working (Succession), what they think of life without agents and the peer they’re most envious of (Surprise! It’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge).
Rank-and-file scribes may be struggling, but at the other end of the spectrum, superstar showrunners like Shonda Rhimes and Greg Berlanti are commanding more money than ever with increasing regularity (with J.J. Abrams on deck for as much as half a billion dollars).
The Hollywood Reporter’s annual rundown of the most influential creators includes those executive producers with the Netflix gold — congratulations again, Ryan Murphy — as well as emerging talents like Jordan Peele and Lena Waithe.
More than 400 U.S. scripted series are set to air in 2017 and getting lost in the logjam is the new normal. So in highlighting the most impactful writer-producers working in TV right now, THR focused on a few key factors. These 50 power showrunners rise above the churn with unprecedented deals (ka-ching, Shonda Rhimes), surging output, cultural cachet and legit “hits.”
Days after seeing Shonda Rhimes exit for a game-changing deal with Netflix, ABC Studios has reunited with Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse. The Disney-owned studio has inked a massive four-year overall deal with Cuse and his newly launched Genre Arts banner in what is said to be a pact worth more than $20 million plus a percentage of the back-end on programming created under the partnership.
The second season will consist of 16 hour-long episodes. Executive Producer Alexander Cary is leaving the show, and a new showrunner is expected to be named shortly.