Tuesday, May 31, 2011

THR’s Drama Showrunners Roundtable Video

Last month, The Hollywood Reporter hosted a roundtable interview with writers of summer movies. Now they've begun a round of roundtable interviews in advance of the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards later this fall.

Today, they posted their Drama Showrunners roundtable. These are usually the creators and head writers of a television series. They are generally credited onscreen as Executive Producers.

The featured creatives in this discussion are Mike Royce (Men of a Certain Age), Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood), Graham Yost (Justified), Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead), John Wells (Shameless), Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) and Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire).

It is unfortunate that as with the previous roundtable, all of the the assembled writers here are middle-aged white males. But that is the current state of the industry. Among the issues they discuss are disputes between the studio and the network; being creative while staying within a budget; and how they plan to end their series.

A bit of trivia: Graham Yost is the Canadian-born son of Elwy Yost who was the host of the TVO program Saturday Night at the Movies. Graham was also the feature film screenwriter of such films as Speed and Broken Arrow, and wrote for shows Band of Brothers and The Pacific.

Frank Darabont is perhaps best-known for writing and directing the feature films The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, both adapted from novels by Stephen King.

[UPDATE] Watch the THR’s Comedy Showrunners Roundtable Video.

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