Win 1 of 3 Copies of Book ‘SHOWRUNNERS: The Art of Running a TV Show’


To celebrate the release of SHOWRUNNERS: The Art of Running a TV Show, which will be published on 5th September 2014,  we’ve three copies to giveaway to our lucky readers!

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show by Tara Bennett is the official companion to writer/director Des Doyle’s documentary film Showrunners (released into theaters and VOD in the U.S. Oct 31, 2014) – the first ever feature-length documentary to explore the struggles and successes of American TV’s showrunners. Working closely with director Doyle over the past year, author Tara Bennett’s official companion is the ultimate extended edition. Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show includes expanded versions of interviews featured in the film, plus exclusive conversations with dozens of TV’s most significant showrunners and creatives.

If you’re a fan of great television, a student keen to work in the industry, or someone with a desire to join the ranks of Joss Whedon and co., Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show gives you the ultimate insider’s guide to creating, writing, and running a scripted television series.

Along with the critical and commercial success stories, the people in charge also reveal the trials and tribulations of their roles with illuminating honesty.

The book contains exclusive interviews with 27 key showrunners, including:

  • Joss Whedon (TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Marvel’s The Avengers and upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe films)
  • Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers)
  • Ronald D. Moore (Acclaimed new series Outlander, Battlestar Galactica, Carnivàle, Star Trek:The Next Generation)
  • Jane Espenson (Caprica, Husbands + writer on Once Upon a Time, Game of Thrones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire + writer/producer on The Sopranos + writer of The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy + writer/producer on The Shield)
  • Janet Tamaro (Rizzoli & Isles + writer on CSI:NY, Lost, Bones)
  • Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory, Dharma & Greg, The Muppets)


For your chance to win a copy of SHOWRUNNERS, simply comment below telling us which TV programme, past or present, you’d have loved to have worked on and why.

The competition will close at 11.59pm GMT on Sunday 14th September 2014 and three valid comments will be chosen and notified by email.

• This promotion is open to UK residents only.
• One entry per household
• There is no cash or other alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable and no part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.
• 3 winners will each win 1x Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show
• The Editor’s decision is final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.

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  1. It’s a toss-up between two, really: Doctor Who and Star Trek: The Original Series. Doctor Who because it’s my favourite show and I would love nothing more than to write an episode for it or perhaps script edit it. Star Trek because the Original Series produced some absolute shite and I’m certain I could’ve done better if I’d been writing for television at that time.

    And if anyone from the Doctor Who production office is reading this, get in touch…

  2. I would had love to work in FRIENDS because its my favourite tvshow and I wrote for a long time a romantic sitcom that it resemble the story of the 6 newyorkers friends-til-the-end!

  3. I would love to of worked on ‘Magnum PI’ simply because its location & the fact you got to work with cool cars. and Tom Selleck. 😉

  4. I’d have loved to have worked on The Prisoner. It’s my favourite ever show but despite watching it so many times, I’m convinced there’s something I’m still missing. Maybe working on it would have given me an added insight.

  5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the greatest show ever made and would have been a dream to work on. It is so much more than a girl that hunts vampires.

  6. Game of Thrones. In the prop or costume departments. It would be like working in another world with some of the most beautiful things on Earth

  7. I’d love to have worked in the writers’ room of The Shield. I think that show’s a perfect example of a show getting progressively better season to season. And it probably boasts the best ending of any drama series ever, at least in my book.

  8. I have many dream shows, but top of the list without a doubt is Battlestar Galactica (the reimagined version).

    If you ever heard the podcasts released during the show’s run, these included recordings of actual writers room meetings. What you heard were a group of smart, imaginative people pooling their rich collective life experience and varied passions to develop some of the most memorable characters on TV and put them through hellish, morally dubious and always watchable weekly conflicts. To be part of that as your day job? Frak yeah!

  9. It would have to be Twin Peaks. I imagine that even off camera there would have been a constant surreal feeling about the place. I would also have loved to have met all the cast.

  10. There are so many of them… But if I have to pick one then Bones, I think the cast has a great chemistry and I’d love to see how they work and the whole process, from the first idea until the editing.

  11. Has to be Star Trek next Gen as I’d love to have seen Patrick Stewart having a laugh with the rest of the cast and crew.

  12. Star Trek – The Original Series. All those fabulous sets made out of plastic and cardboard…I’d be a set decorator and leave little clues and puzzles everywhere for fans to find.

  13. Without a doubt Twin Peaks; the amount of detail and effort that went into that show was incredible. Plus I’d have been able to hang out with David Lynch, which would be amazing.

  14. Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, This was Goldie Hawn at her most youthful best. she is only 5 years younger than me but still looks almost the same, and her infectious laugh is still there. But Rowan and Martin Laugh-In was Heaven on Earth.

  15. I used to love watching sooty and sweep as a child. I would love to have worked on the show alongside Matthew Corbett, it would have been truly magical!

  16. The Big Bang theory,must excellent. The acting is great, the script is funny and then they add in scientific stuff which is usually correct, how do they do it? Amazing 🙂 x

  17. We are just watching the first season of Masters of Horrors. Going to sleep and having nightmares about a film that send subliminal messages to the audience to kill everyone – amazing. If only I could send subliminal messages to my students to get them to revise.

    I would have loved to work on the show and meet all the different directors and writers. John Carpenter ,Dario Argento , Joe Dante and the amazing Takashi Miike.

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