Showrunners

by famous_producer_75 | created - 22 Jan 2015 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

1. Ryan Murphy

Writer | Glee

Ryan Murphy was born on November 9, 1965 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Glee (2009), American Horror Story (2011) and Eat Pray Love (2010). He has been married to David Miller since July 4, 2012. They have two children.

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2. Shonda Rhimes

Writer | Grey's Anatomy

Shonda Rhimes was born on January 13, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Shonda Lynn Rhimes. She is a writer and producer, known for Grey's Anatomy (2005), Scandal (2012) and Crossroads (2002).

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3. David Benioff

Writer | Game of Thrones

David Benioff was born on September 25, 1970 in New York City, New York, USA as David Friedman. He is a writer and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), The Kite Runner (2007) and 25th Hour (2002). He has been married to Amanda Peet since September 30, 2006. They have three children.

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4. D.B. Weiss

Writer | Game of Thrones

D.B. Weiss was born on April 23, 1971 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Daniel Brett Weiss. He is a writer and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Dirty White Boys and Untitled Star Wars Project (2022). He is married to Andrea Troyer.

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5. Ava DuVernay

Producer | Queen Sugar

A director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008), a history on hip hop movement that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries which ...

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6. Vince Gilligan

Producer | The X Files

George Vincent Gilligan Jr. (born February 10, 1967) is an American writer, producer, and director. He is known for his television work, specifically as creator, head writer, executive producer, and director of Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul. He was a writer and producer for The ...

7. David Chase

Producer | The Sopranos

Born in Mt. Vernon, New York, and raised in New Jersey, David Chase (born David DeCesare) dreamed of being a star--a star drummer in a rock band! He spent many years playing drums and bass trying to be part of a successful rock band in the 1960s East Coast music scene. He also loved movies, such as ...

8. Howard Gordon

Producer | 24

Howard Gordon was born on March 31, 1961 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for 24 (2001), Homeland (2011) and The X-Files (1993).

9. Mike White

Writer | Chuck & Buck

Mike White was born on June 28, 1970 in Pasadena, California, USA as Michael Christopher White. He is a writer and producer, known for Chuck & Buck (2000), The Good Girl (2002) and School of Rock (2003).

10. Doug Ellin

Writer | Entourage

Doug Ellin was born on April 6, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Douglas Reed Ellin. He is a writer and producer, known for Entourage (2004), Entourage (2015) and Wish. He has been married to Andy Adler since September 18, 2017. He was previously married to Melissa Hecht.

11. Tom Kapinos

Writer | Californication

Kapinos was born in 1969, raised in Levittown, New York and graduated from Island Trees High School in 1987. Kapinos then moved from New York to California in the mid-1990s, working in Los Angeles for Creative Artists Agency as a script reader, until Fox Studios purchased his first screenplay The ...

13. Larry David

Writer | Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David was born on July 2, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Lawrence Gene David. He is a writer and producer, known for Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), Whatever Works (2009) and Seinfeld (1989). He was previously married to Laurie Lennard.

14. Louis C.K.

Writer | Louie

Louis C.K. was born on September 12, 1967 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Louis Szekely. He is a writer and producer, known for Louie (2010), American Hustle (2013) and Horace and Pete (2016). He was previously married to Alix Bailey.

15. Ricky Gervais

Writer | The Office

Ricky Dene Gervais was born in a suburb of Reading, Berkshire, to Eva Sophia (House) and Lawrence Raymond Gervais, who was a hod carrier and labourer. His father was born in Ontario, Canada, of French-Canadian descent, and his mother was English. He was educated at Ashmead Comprehensive School and ...

16. Scott Silveri

Producer | Friends

Scott Silveri is a producer and writer, known for Friends (1994), Perfect Couples (2010) and Speechless (2016). He has been married to Shana Goldberg-Meehan since October 7, 2006.

17. Ilene Chaiken

Producer | The Handmaid's Tale

Ilene Chaiken was born on June 30, 1957 in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, USA. She is a producer and writer, known for The Handmaid's Tale (2017), Barb Wire (1996) and The L Word (2004).

18. Lee Daniels

Producer | Precious

Lee Daniels gave his parents an early Christmas present when he entered the world on December 24, 1959; unfortunately, the Philadelphia native was to have a difficult relationship with his police officer father who later reacted violently to his son's sexuality. Despite the brutality of his ...

19. Beau Willimon

Writer | The Ides of March

Beau Willimon is a writer and producer, known for The Ides of March (2011), House of Cards (2013) and Mary Queen of Scots (2018).

20. Damon Lindelof

Writer | Lost

Damon Lindelof was born on April 24, 1973 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA as Damon Laurence Lindelof. He is a writer and producer, known for Lost (2004), The Leftovers (2014) and Star Trek (2009). He has been married to Heidi Fugeman since May 28, 2005. They have one child.

21. Alex Gansa

Producer | Homeland

Alex Gansa is a producer and writer, known for Homeland (2011), Beauty and the Beast (1987) and 24 (2001). He is married to Lauren White (IX).

22. Michelle King

Writer | The Good Wife

Michelle King is a writer and producer, known for The Good Wife (2009), BrainDead (2016) and Evil (2019). She is married to Robert King.

23. Sarah Treem

Producer | The Affair

Sarah Treem is a producer and writer, known for The Affair (2014), In Treatment (2008) and House of Cards (2013).

24. Bill Lawrence

Writer | Scrubs

Bill Lawrence was born on December 26, 1968 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA as William V. Lawrence. He is a writer and producer, known for Scrubs (2001), Cougar Town (2009) and Rush Hour (2016). He has been married to Christa Miller since November 27, 1999. They have three children. He was ...

25. Chuck Lorre

Writer | Two and a Half Men

For the past twenty years, award-winning creator, executive producer and writer Chuck Lorre has conquered the entertainment industry with hit shows like Grace Under Fire (1993), Dharma & Greg (1997), Roseanne (1988) and Cybill (1995) as well as the number 1 comedy on television and four year ...

26. Greg Berlanti

Producer | The Flash

WGA, DGA and Golden Globe nominated writer, director, and producer, Greg Berlanti, is the force behind several of the most inventive and acclaimed works of film and television.

He is the writer, director and producer behind several of the most creative and lauded television series, including ABC's "...

27. Melissa Rosenberg

Producer | Jessica Jones

Melissa Rosenberg was born on August 28, 1962 in Marin County, California, USA as Melissa Anne Rosenberg. She is a producer and writer, known for Jessica Jones (2015), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) and Dexter (2006). She has been married to Lev L. Spiro since 1995.

28. Steven Levitan

Producer | Modern Family

Steven Levitan was born on April 6, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Steven E. Levitan. He is a producer and writer, known for Modern Family (2009), Just Shoot Me! (1997) and Stark Raving Mad (1999). He has been married to Krista Schmuck since November 28, 1992. They have three children.

29. Seth MacFarlane

Writer | Family Guy

Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born in the small New England town of Kent, Connecticut, where he lived with his mother, Ann Perry (Sager), an admissions office worker, his father, Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a prep school teacher, and his sister, Rachael MacFarlane, now a voice actress and singer. He ...

30. Dick Wolf

Writer | Law & Order

Dick Wolf was born on December 20, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard A. Wolf. He is a writer and producer, known for Law & Order (1990), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001). He has been married to Noelle Lippman since June 17, ...

31. Michael Schur

Writer | The Office

Michael Schur was born on October 29, 1975 in West Hartford, Connecticut, USA as Michael Herbert Schur. He is a TV series creator, a writer, and producer known for series such as The Office (2005), Parks and Recreation (2009), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013) and The Good Place (2016). He has been married...

32. Warren Littlefield

Producer | The Handmaid's Tale

Warren Littlefield was born on May 11, 1952 in Montclair, New Jersey, USA. He is a producer and actor, known for The Handmaid's Tale (2017), Fargo (2014) and My Generation (2010).

33. Anthony Hemingway

Director | Red Tails

Anthony Hemingway is a director and producer, known for Red Tails (2012), Underground (2016) and American Crime Story (2016).

34. Courtney A. Kemp

Producer | The Good Wife

Courtney A. Kemp is a producer and writer, known for The Good Wife (2009), Power (2014) and My Own Worst Enemy (2008).

35. Kenya Barris

Writer | Black-ish

Kenya Barris was born on August 9, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Black-ish (2014), Girls Trip (2017) and Grown-ish (2018). He has been married to Rainbow Barris since December 3, 1999. They have six children.

36. Marti Noxon

Producer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Marti Noxon was born on August 25, 1964 in California, USA as Martha Mills Noxon. She is a producer and writer, known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), To the Bone (2017) and UnREAL (2015).

37. Shawn Ryan

Producer | The Shield

Shawn Ryan was born on October 11, 1966 in Rockford, Illinois, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for The Shield (2002), S.W.A.T. (2017) and Timeless (2016). He has been married to Cathy Cahlin Ryan since April 25, 1998. They have two children.



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