SDCC ’13: SHOWRUNNERS’ Des Doyle, John Wallace Interview

San Diego Comic-Con has long been the major studio movies playground. However, over the years TV shows have begun to take advantage of it’s pre-fall season placement in the calendar and slowly crept into the fold. This year, movies and TV merge beautifully in the upcoming documentary Showrunners from director Des Doyle and producers John Wallace and Ryan Patrick McGuffey.

I spoke with Des Doyle and John Wallace about how they got some of the biggest genre showrunners on board – the likes of JJ Abrams, Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, and Damon Lindelof, their favorite TV shows that inspired them to create this doc, and more.

Showrunners Official Synopsis:

“Showrunners”, a new documentary film that takes the audience behind the scenes, into the writers’ room and on set with candid interviews with 20 of today’s top showrunners, presents an intimate discussion with the creators of your favorite TV shows! Tara DiLullo Bennett (Lost Encyclopedia, Fringe: Septembers Notebook) moderates a panel on the craft of running a television series with contributors featured in the documentary: Hart Hanson (Bones), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), and Jane Espenson (Husbands, Once Upon A Time) plus “Showrunners” director Des Doyle & Co-Producer Ryan Patrick McGuffey. The panel will also feature exclusive new footage from the film, which also includes Joss Whedon, J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and many more! The event will also feature a Comic-Con exclusive giveaway for all attendees.


Watch our Showrunners Interview:

At the con, they announced that it had scored a distribution deal with Submarine Entertainment. Hopefully this will lead to a speedy theatrical and/or VOD release as I can’t wait to get a peek in to the crazy world of being a showrunner.

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Kristal Bailey

Kristal Bailey

With a soft spot for movies that fall into the “So Bad They’re Good” category, Kristal Bailey regularly watches B-movies, 80s comedies, and sci-fi from the 50s and 60s. She also refuses to grow up if that means she has to hide her love for Disney and Pixar films.

In her free time, she enjoys reading graphic novels or books that are soon to be turned into movies, watching hours and hours of television, and spending way too much time on Twitter.