Showrunner  

Acclaimed WGAW Program Gears up for 2013 Season 

(September 6, 2012) 

"The SRTP allows future showrunners the opportunity to study showrunning from the best in the business. It's like learning to swim from the best coaches — long before you're thrown off a tanker in the middle of the ocean." -- Glen Mazzara (Walking Dead)   

The Writers Guild’s Showrunner Training Program (SRTP) is currently seeking recommendations for qualified participants; the deadline is September 14. Now going into its eighth year, this highly regarded industry program is designed to help senior-level writer-producers hone the skills necessary to become successful showrunners in today’s television environment. Conducted in partnership with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, participants engage in a diverse range of sessions that target various aspects of the showrunning process. This year’s SRTP starts on Saturday, January 12, and runs for six consecutive Saturdays through February 16, 2013.

Throughout its history the Showrunner Training Program has racked up an impressive record of successes as graduates have gone on to create, co-create and/or executive produce new and returning series. Five new shows this year were created by SRTP alums, including Stephen Falk (Next Caller), Eric Friedman (Crash and Burnstein), Karl Gajdusek (Last Resort), Chris Harris (The Goodwin Games) and Rob Wright (Mob Doctor). Alumni with continuing series include Jordan Budde (The Client List), Matt Corman & Chris Ord (Covert Affairs), Jim Dunn & Sam Ernst (Haven), Eric Garcia & Leo Chu (Supah Ninjas), Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis (Once Upon A Time), Darlene Hunt (The Big C), Joe & Tony Gayton (Hell on Wheels), Aaron Korsh (Suits), Glen Mazzara (Walking Dead), Bryan Moore & Chris Peterson (Lab Rats), Matt Nix (Burn Notice), Craig Shapiro & Elizabeth Kruger (Necessary Roughness) and Janet Tamaro (Rizzoli & Isles).

"The most useful aspect of the SRTP – and the one I use every day on the Mob Doctor – is the mantra Jeff Melvoin drummed into all our heads, week after week in the program: quality scripts on time." -- Rob Wright (Mob Doctor)   

Acceptance into the Showrunner Training Program is a two-step process. An online recommendation form is submitted on behalf of the candidate by a current or recent television series executive producer or a network/studio development executive. Once received, the candidate will be sent a link to the application form. Upon review, select candidates are invited to participate in in-person interviews, which typically take place in late November/early December. Approximately 20 candidates will be accepted into the program this year evaluated on the basis of their leadership potential, managerial skills and career experience.

If you are a current-active WGAW or WGAE member with a writer-producer credit on a current dramatic or comedic series, and/or if you have had active script pilot script commitment at a network or studio, you’re eligible for the Showrunner Training Program. Current or recent showrunners may also recommend a candidate for the program by submitting a recommendation form.

Online recommendations are due by September 14. Online applications are due by October 15, 2012. 

To learn more about the SRTP call Program Director Carole Kirschner, (323) 782-4867, or email the Showrunner Training Program