Showrunner Training
The Guild’s acclaimed TV mentoring program gears up for its 8th season with big-name speakers, panels and interactive case studies.  

(January 7, 2013) 

Photo: Michael Jones
(L-R) Everybody Loves Raymond executive producer Phil Rosenthal, who is participating in this year’s SRTP, Showrunner Training Chair Jeff Melvoin, Vice Chair Yvette Lee Bowser and Carole Kirschner, director of the program.  

The WGAW’s 2013 Showrunner Training Program (SRTP) is gearing up for its eighth season beginning on January 12. A partnership between the WGAW and television networks and studios, the SRTP was created by Army Wives Executive Producer Jeff Melvoin as an industry training program designed for senior-level writer-producers.

Since its inception in 2006, the Showrunner Training Program has guided an impressive group of alums who have gone on to create, co-create and/or executive produce new and returning series. This year alone, five new shows were created by program alums including Eric Friedman (Crash and Bernstein), Karl Gajdusek (Last Resort), Chris Harris (The Goodwin Games), Ajay Sahgal (Friend Me) and Rob Wright (Mob Doctor).

The program is designed to give participants an opportunity to interact with some of Hollywood’s most successful and experienced showrunners in a comfortable, intimate setting as well as in a larger lecture format. Over six weeks, they learn the skills needed to be successful showrunners. Interactive test-case scenarios, small group discussions and panels create a rich experience. All-day seminars are convened on six consecutive Saturdays in January through February. Classes are moderated by Melvoin and Yvette Lee Bowser, who is Vice Chair of the Showrunner Training Program committee.

This year’s speakers comprise an impressive group of high-profile showrunners, television executives and representatives from various parts of the industry, including Veena Sud, Matt Nix, Glen Mazzara, John Landgraf, David Shore, John Wirth, Alicia Hirsch, Jason Katims, Matt Corman & Chris Ord, WGAW Past President John Wells and, of course, Melvoin and Bowser.

This year’s participants are: Meredith Averill, Julia Cho, Aron Coleite, Duppy Demetrius, Evan Dunsky, Owen Ellickson, Ayanna Floyd, Etan Frankel, Drew Z. Greenberg, Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins, Joe Henderson, Jason Horwitch, Jenny Lee, Alison McDonald, Adam Milch, Daniel Petrie Jr., Scott Prendergast, Rashad Raisani, Corey Reed, Pamela Ribon, Paul Ruehl, Peter Saji, Teri Schaffer & Raynelle Swilling, Jon Sherman and Esta Spalding.

SRTP alumni with continuing series include Jordan Budde (The Client List), Matt Corman & Chris Ord (Covert Affairs), Jim Dunn & Sam Ernst (Haven), Eric Garcia & Leo Chu (Supah Ninjas), Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis (Once Upon A Time), Darlene Hunt (The Big C), Joe & Tony Gayton (Hell on Wheels), Aaron Korsh (Suits), Glen Mazzara (Walking Dead), Bryan Moore & Chris Peterson (Lab Rats), Matt Nix (Burn Notice), Craig Shapiro & Elizabeth Kruger (Necessary Roughness), Veena Sud (The Killing), Janet Tamaro (Rizzoli & Isles), Kriss Turner (The First Family).

Applicants to the SRTP must be recommended by television showrunners and/or network or studio creative executives for the in-demand seminar slots covering both comedy and dramatic series.

For more information about the Showrunner Training Program, call 323-782-4867, email Showrunner Training Program or visit the SRTP web page.