House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Mad Men (etc.) Showrunners About Their Job
The Hollywood Reporter has released its Drama Showrunners Roundtable for the Emmys. This year is a mix of old blood and new blood (but mostly old blood) with newcomer:
- Beau Willimon (House of Cards)
- D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones)
- Matthew Weiner (Mad Men)
- Alex Gansa, (Homeland),
- Aaron Sorkin (The Newsroom)
- Kevin Williamson (The Following)
Here is a breakdown of the themes tackled during this 54 minute conversation:
1- Violence in Television and Showrunners’ responsibility (until minute 18)
2- The Changes within a Writing Staff and Replacing Showrunners (until minute 24)
3 – Beau Willimon on the most difficult part of being a Showrunner, which morphed into the general difficulty of writing so much content under tight deadline and adapting the scripts on the spot (until minute 34)
4 – D.B. Weiss on adapting a source material and working closely with George R.R. Martin, which morphed into working on source material in general (until minute 41)
5 – What would their writers give as a fair critique about their showrunners (which morphed into Sorkin and Williamson talking about their relationship with their writers) (until minute 45)
6 – How do Gansa and Sorkin make sure they are sticking to important historical facts (until minute 50)
7 – What Show they wished they could write (until end)
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