Showrunner  

WGAW program for TV writers gearing up for its 2014 season. 

(August 5, 2013) 

The Writers Guild’s Showrunner Training Program (SRTP) is currently seeking recommendations for qualified participants; the deadline is September 13. Now going into its ninth 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 11, and runs for six consecutive Saturdays through February 15, 2014.

Throughout its history the Showrunner Training Program has racked up a stellar record of successes as graduates have gone on to create, co-create and/or executive produce new and returning series. Five new shows last year were created by program alums, including Courtney Kemp Agboh (Power), Meredith Averill (Star-Crossed – SRTP Alum, Adele Lim, will co-EP), Eric Friedman (Crash and Bernstein), Steven Kane (Co-Creator, The Last Ship) and Adam Milch (Twisted). Alumni with continuing series include Matt Corman & Chris Ord (Covert Affairs), Jim Dunn & Sam Ernst (Haven), Scott Gimple (Executive Producer, The Walking Dead), Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis (Once Upon A Time), Aaron Korsh (Suits), Bryan Moore & Chris Peterson (Lab Rats), Matt Nix (Burn Notice), Craig Shapiro & Elizabeth Kruger (Necessary Roughness), Veena Sud (The Killing), Craig Sweeny (Executive Producer, Elementary), Janet Tamaro (Rizzoli & Isles), Kriss Turner (Executive Producer, The First Family).

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 an active 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 recommendation forms must be submitted by September 13, 2013. Online Applications are due by October 11, 2013.

Please call Program Director Carole Kirschner at 323-782-4867 if you have questions or contact the Showrunner Training Program online.