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The TV Showrunner's Roadmap: 21 Navigational Tips for Screenwriters to Create and Sustain a Hit TV Series [Paperback]The TV Showrunner's Roadmap: 21 Navigational Tips for Screenwriters to Create and Sustain a Hit TV Series [Paperback]
by Neil Landau

If you're a huge TV fan or you intend to get into TV as a writer, director, or producer (or showrunner), then you should read this book. It's very interesting and informative. It's really like a textbook more than anything else. It tells all about how to run a successful a TV show.

I wouldn't call it fun casual reading. It doesn't have any pictures and it's a bit dry, although it does have a lot of interviews with TV showrunners and tons of stories.

Check it out if you want to get into the TV biz or you're a big fan of TV and want to know how it works. This book definitely tells you.


How do you become a TV writing God?

The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap

New from Focal Press, award-winning screenwriter and UCLA professor writes a powerful guide to help screenwriters create and rule their own successful TV series universe as a showrunner.

Most every aspiring TV writer dreams of creating and running their own television network, cable, or web series. In a golden age of TV, it’s the showrunner that rules.  But how does one get to that divine place?

The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap provides writers with the tools for creating, writing, and managing their own hit show. Neil Landau expertly guides them through 21 essential insights to the creation of a successful show, and takes them behind the scenes with exclusive and enlightening interviews with leading big-name showrunners from some of TV’s most lauded series, including Breaking Bad, Homeland, Scandal, Modern Family, The Walking Dead, and Lost, to name just a few.

For anyone interested in becoming a showrunner, the keys and the map to the kingdom are now in hand. 

About the Author

Neil Landau is a screenwriter, producer, author, and professor in the MFA in Screenwriting and Producing Programs at UCLA School of Film, Television & Digital Media. His movie credits include the teen comedy Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead; his TV credits include Doogie Howser, M.D., Melrose Place, The Magnificent Seven, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Twice in a Lifetime, and MTV’s Undressed, and pilot deals at CBS, Disney, Freemantle, Lifetime, Spelling, and Warner Bros. Television. He served as executive script consultant for Sony Pictures Television International for many years, is a faculty member in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and just won a Spanish Academy ("Goya") Award for best screenplay adaptation for the animated movie Tad the Lost Explorer, 2012; he is now working on the sequel, and a new animated movie: Capture the Flag for Paramount.

Some strong praise for the book

“I've been an Executive Producer on twelve scripted TV Series and I can honestly say that everything I've learned about how to sell, create, and operate a show is contained in Neil Landau's The TV Showrunner's Roadmap. Anyone with the ultimate goal of becoming a Creator/Executive Producer of a television series should read this book.” — Gavin Polone, television and film producer, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Gilmore Girls, Zombieland, Panic Room

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