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Show Runners

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A career as a show runner can be rewarding. They are paid millions of dollars a year to pursue their creative dreams, and some show runners (such as Shonda Rimes, Kenya Barris, JJ Abrams, Ava DuVernay, and Greg Berlanti) have become as famous as directors (and some also work as directors). This is all great, but there are many challenges in this career. Because they oversee the daily operations of a show, show runners must deal with long hours on set; tardy or tempestuous actors; budget challenges; fights with agents regarding salaries for actors and other staff; pressure from the studio to meet deadlines or revise scripts; disagreements with directors, cinematographers, production designers, and others about some aspect of production or another; and many additional challenges. Despite these issues, most show runners love their jobs because of the creative freedom this work provides.

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