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