Filmography Credits

Showrunners and Head writers

This article explains the difference between a Showrunner and Head Writer and how they can be included on IMDb.

 

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What is a Showrunner?

A showrunner is the unofficial title given to the top-level creative decision maker and manager overseeing all episodes of an individual season of a television/episodic series. The showrunner is usually credited as an executive producer, producer and/or writer. They are ultimately responsible for the overall tone and creative direction of an entire season, overseeing the work of the various directors and/or department heads who contribute to individual episodes. In some cases they may also be the head writer for that season.



What is a Head Writer?

A head writer is the title (sometimes unofficial) given to the top-level writer who oversees the team of writers working on an individual season of a television/episodic series. The head writer is usually credited as an executive producer, producer and/or writer. In some cases they may also be the showrunner for that season.




How can I list Showrunners/Head Writers on IMDb?

To do this, use the Edit page button at the bottom of either an episode page or name page to add a new Producer or Writer credit with the attribute "(showrunner)" or "(head writer)" depending on the type of show (detailed in guidelines below).

Instructions on how to add new credits to single or multiple episodes is available on our episodic credit page.


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Guidelines for Showrunners and Head Writers

  • Only series or episodes can have the "(showrunner)" and/or "(head writer)" attribute, not standalone titles like movies or TV specials.

  • The person must always have another credit on the title, as either a producer or writer.

  • You can only add "(showrunner)" and "(head writer)" attributes to producer and writer departments.

  • You can add showrunner credits for more than one person on an episode, as long as they all were showrunners.

  • Showrunners are not typically credited as such on-screen, so please don't add it as an occupation with the "(uncredited)" attribute.

  • The concept of a Showrunner was only established and adopted in the 1990s, so please provide supporting evidence for titles before the year 2000 in the provide an explanation field.
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