Showrunner

OVERVIEW

The fifteenth session of the Guild’s highly acclaimed Showrunner Training Program (SRTP) begins February 2020. Conducted in partnership with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, this important industry training program is designed to help senior-level writer-producers and recent creators hone the skills necessary to become successful showrunners in today’s television landscape.

Providing invaluable instruction from current showrunners and other industry professionals, the program has helped produce many successful results. SRTP graduates have gone on to create, co-create or showrun over 100 series.

This year, 54 new shows were created, co-created or showrun by Program alums including these 23 shows, which premiered or are premiering in 2019.

Mark A. Altman & Steve Kriozere (Pandora)
Nick Antosca (The Act)
Peter Blake (El Candidato)
Jordan Cahan (Black Monday)
Aron Coleite (Daybreak)
Samantha Corbin-Miller (Swagger)
Jamie Denbo (American Princess)
Karen DiConcetto (Skam Austin)
Sarah Haskins & Emily Halpern (Carol’s Second Act)
Chris Hollier (Roswell, NM)
Adam Horowitz & Eddy Kitsis (Amazing Stories)
Jason Horwitch (Intelligence)
Gary Lennon (Hightown)
Aaron Korsh (Pearson)
Jami O’Brien (NOS4A2)
David O’Leary (Project Blue Book)
Kate Purdy (Undone)
Peter Saji (Mixed-Ish)
Paul Sciarrotta (BH90210)
Sanjay Shah (Central Park)
Brandon Sonnier & Brandon Margolis (LA’s Finest)
Esta Spalding (On Becoming A God In Central Florida)
Alexander Woo (The Terror: Infamy)

74 alumni have continuing series this year, either as creators or showrunners or both.

See a complete list of SRTP alumni.

The Program starts Saturday, February 1, 2020 and runs six Saturdays, ending March 14, 2020 (no class 2/15, Presidents Day Weekend).

Read the Showrunner Training Program FAQ.

Who is Eligible to Apply?  

  • Current-active WGAW or WGAE members in good standing with "Supervising Producer" level credit or above on a current, dramatic (comedy or drama) television series and/or a pilot script, pilot or series currently set up at a network, cable channel or streaming service. Writing teams are considered a single entity and are welcome to apply.

The Application Process

To apply for the SRTP, a recommendation form must first be submitted on the writer’s behalf by a current or recent (2017-2019) showrunner, or executive producer, or a network or studio executive (from the development or current departments).

Recommendation forms will be emailed to showrunners, executives, and TV series writers on August 12, 2019. The deadline for recommendations to be received is Monday, September 16th 2019.

Please only have one recommendation form submitted on your behalf.

If a writer applied last year there’s no need to have a new recommendation submitted on his or her behalf; he or she can use the recommender from the previous year. If a candidate chooses to do this, they should contact Program Director Carole Kirschner before the recommendation deadline (September 16, 2019). This process is only applicable to 2019 applicants. The program will then contact the recommender for any potential updates.

If an applicant has applied before, there’s no need to provide new references, though the applicant is welcome to do so. He or she can simply list the references from the previous year's application.

The above procedures have been implemented to streamline the re-application process and put a minimum of stress on both the candidate and his or her references and recommenders.

Once the recommendation form has been received, (please just one rec form per applicant) or in the case of a re-submission, the recommender has signed off for the current year, the candidate will be sent the URL after September 16th, 2019 for the online application and will have four weeks to complete and submit to the Guild. Once applications are reviewed, select candidates are invited for personal interviews. Approximately twenty-five writers/writing teams will be invited to join the Program.

Evaluation Criteria

Candidates will be evaluated principally on leadership, experience, project development (where relevant) and assessment of immediate need. The spectrum of applicants ranges from current showrunners to novice television writers with active development or picked-up pilots. In making final selections, consideration is given to diversity in terms of genres, personal backgrounds and industry platforms.

Deadlines

  • Online Recommendation Form: Monday, September 16, 2019
  • Online Application: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

If you have any questions concerning the submission process or the Program, please contact Program Director Carole Kirschner at (323) 782-4867 or email the Showrunner Training Program.

FAQ

Am I eligible to apply to the SRTP?

Current-active WGAW or WGAE members in good standing with supervising producer credit or above on a current, dramatic (comedy or drama) television series and/or are a creator with a pilot script, pilot or series commitment set up at a network, cable channel, or streaming service. Writing teams are considered a single entity and are welcome to apply.

Who should submit a recommendation form on my behalf?

A current or recent (2017 – 2019) showrunner, or executive producer, or a network or studio executive (from the development or current departments). Please only have one recommendation form submitted on your behalf.

Where is the recommendation form and when is it due?

The online recommendation form was due by Monday, September 16, 2019.

What is the next step after the recommendation form is submitted?

Recommended applicants will receive a link to the online application form within a few weeks of receipt of the recommendation. Those applications are due by Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

What is the next step after the application form is submitted?

All submission materials will be reviewed and all applicants will be notified as to whether or not they have been selected for interviews during the first three weeks of November.

When does the program begin and how long does it run?

The 2020 Showrunner Training Program begins with a pre-program brunch on Sunday, January 26, 2019. The main program begins on Saturday, February 1, 2020 and runs six Saturdays, ending March 14, 2020 (no class 2/15, Presidents Day Weekend).

Where does the program take place and how long are the days?

The SRTP is held at the Writers Guild of America West at 7000 West 3rd Street. Parking will be provided, the entrance is one block south of 3rd Street on Blackburn Ave. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and each day ends between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., with the final session running until 7 p.m.