With only a few notable exceptions – Alfred Hitchcock and Rod Serling, for example – television showrunners were some of the least visible creative forces in the entertainment industry for decades.
But with showrunners like Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams breaking out of the television medium and spearheading some fo the largest movie franchises in the world, audiences have started taking notice, and giving credit, to the people responsible for their favorite series.
It's a tough job, telling a story over hundreds of episodes, managing talent and producing a television show over the course of many years, and Showrunners, a new documentary from director Des Doyle and producers John Wallace and Ryan Patrick McGuffey, is going to tell their story.
That's the trailer for Showrunners, which has already enlisted the support of Joss Whedon ("SHIELD"), J.J. Abrams ("Alias"), Damon Lindelof ("Lost"), Terrence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire"), Bill Prady ("The Big Bang Theory"), Kurt Sutter ("Sons of Anarchy"), Hart Hanson ("Bones"), Janet Tamaro ("Rizzoli & Isles"), Shawn Ryan ("The Shield"), Steven S. DeKnight ("Spartacus"), Mark Schwahn ("One Tree Hill"), Jane Espenson ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), J.H. Wyman ("Fringe"), Matthew Carnahan ("House of Lies"), David Shore ("House"), Dee Johnson ("Boss"), Dean Devlin ("Leverage"), Ronald D. Moore ("Battlestar Galactica"), James Duff ("The Closer"), Mike Kelley ("Revenge") and Jonathan Nolan ("Person of Interest").
The producers are running a Kickstarter campaign to complete the film. More information can be found at the Showrunners official website, the film's Facebook page and Twitter account, @ShowrunnersFilm