The Writers Guild of Canada has posted The Showrunner Code
, a nifty pamphlet outlining what a showrunner is and does, and why. Worth a look, whether you're in Canada or elsewhere.
Here's another question. "Showrunner" seems to be the title for this position that is used in every context except for the actual on-screen credit. Why do the credits differ from what the job is actually called? This seems to be unique among all the positions on a show.
@Winston: I don't know that there's any good answer. Head Writer is another job that doesn't have a title. Head Writer can be anything from Exec Story Editor to Supervising Producer to Co-Executive Producer. Showrunner is almost always Exec Producer, but there are non-showrunners who get the credit. I dunno. Go figure.
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