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Show Runners


Show runners manage the day-to-day operations of a television series (which can include those produced for network and cable television and streaming channels such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon). They manage every aspect of the show—from preproduction to post-production. Show runners are a type of executive producer but have ultimate authority over other executive producers, as well as the show’s director or directors, writers, and actors. They report directly to studio executives. A show runner may or may not be the show’s writer or director.

Salary Range

$75,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree




Faster than the Average
Personality Traits


Hands On


Career Ladder
Studio Executive

Show Runner

Producer or Head Writer

Staff Writer

Production Assistant or Writer’s Assistant

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