Top 50 Power Showrunners 2011

Top 50 Power Showrunners 2011 

12:49 PM PDT 10/12/2011 by THR Staff

THR’s fourth annual list shines a spotlight on the 50 most influential — and valuable — creative chiefs writing, producing and redefining television.

For better or worse, 2011 will go down as the Year of the Showrunner. It all began with Chuck Lorre becoming a household name for all the wrong reasons. Then there was Mad Men‘s Matthew Weiner making waves during the showrunner’s painful, prolonged negotiations with the network he put on the map. The summer saw film auteur Frank Darabont make a stormy exit from his AMC smash hit The Walking Dead and then be replaced by The Shield veteran Glen Mazzara. But the news wasn’t all negative. Emmy night awarded comedy kings Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd more gold for Modern Family, and that Mad Men guy earned a redemptive trophy for his collection. Plus, the fall saw the return of such established veterans as Howard Gordon (Homeland), Michael Patrick King (2 Broke Girls) and Neal Baer (A Gifted Man), proving that reinvention is a showrunner’s most powerful tool. Here, THR profiles the men and women who make TV’s toughest gig look damn good.

METHODOLOGY: Selections for The Hollywood Reporter’s fourth annual list of the top showrunners are based on the following criteria: 

1. Direct responsibility for the day-to-day creative output of a scripted TV show that has aired for at least one full season (unless he or she also had another show on the air).
2. How prolific the showrunner is: Those with more shows on the air were more likely to be included.
3. Nielsen ratings, especially relative to other shows on the same network.
4. Emmy attention and critical praise.
5.
 Professionalism and reputation among studio and network executives.

Profiles written by Tim Appelo, Lesley Goldberg, Marisa Guthrie, Philiana Ng, Lacey Rose and Stacey Wilson

Comedy

  1. Salim and Mara Brock AkilThe Game (BET)READ MORE
  2. Carter Bays and Craig Th…How I Met Your Mother (CBS)READ MORE
  3. Jenny BicksThe Big C (Showtime)READ MORE
  4. Liz Brixius and Linda Wa…Nurse Jackie (Showtime)READ MORE
  5. Louis C.K.Louie (FX)READ MORE
  6. Tina Fey and Robert Carl…30 Rock (NBC)READ MORE
  7. Greg GarciaRaising Hope (Fox)READ MORE
  8. Dan HarmonCommunity (NBC)READ MORE
  9. Al JeanThe Simpsons (Fox)READ MORE
  10. Bill LawrenceCougartown (ABC)READ MORE
  11. Steven Levitan and Chris…Modern Family (ABC)READ MORE
  12. Paul LiebersteinThe Office (NBC)READ MORE
  13. Team LorreChuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn, Two and a Half Men; Bill Prady, The Bi…READ MORE
  14. Seth MacFarlaneFamily Guy (Fox)READ MORE
  15. Suzanne MartinHot in Cleveland (TV Land)READ MORE
  16. Rob McElhenney, Glenn Ho…It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX)READ MORE
  17. Trey Parker and Matt Sto…South Park (Comedy Central)READ MORE
  18. Tyler PerryHouse of Payne, Meet the Browns (TBS)READ MORE
  19. Mike SchurParks and Recreation (NBC)READ MORE
  20. David ZuckermanWilfred (FX)READ MORE
    Drama
    1. Alan BallTrue Blood (HBO)READ MORE
    2. Carol Mendelsohn (origin…Team CSI (CBS) READ MORE
    3. Steven S. DeKnightSpartacus (Starz)READ MORE
    4. Vince GilliganBreaking Bad (AMC)READ MORE
    5. Brenda HamptonThe Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family)READ MORE
    6. Hart HansonBones, The Finder (Fox)READ MORE
    7. Bruno HellerThe Mentalist (CBS)READ MORE
    8. Neil JordanThe Borgias (Showtime)READ MORE
    9. Jason KatimsParenthood (NBC)READ MORE
    10. Michelle King and Robert…The Good Wife (CBS)READ MORE
    11. Peter LenkovHawaii Five-0 (CBS)READ MORE
    12. Ryan Murphy and Brad Fal…Glee (Fox), American Horror Story (FX)READ MORE
    13. Shane Brennan (LA) and G…Team NCIS (CBS)READ MORE
    14. Matt NixBurn Notice (USA)READ MORE
    15. Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wy…Fringe (Fox)READ MORE
    16. Shonda RhimesGrey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal (ABC)READ MORE
    17. Michael Rauch and Andrew…Royal Pains (USA)READ MORE
    18. Josh Schwartz and Stepha…Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie (CW), Chuck (NBC)READ MORE
    19. David Shore and Katie Ja…House (Fox)READ MORE
    20. Craig SilversteinNikita (CW) READ MORE
    21. David SimonTreme (HBO)READ MORE
    22. Veena SudThe Killing (AMC)READ MORE
    23. Kurt SutterSons of Anarchy (FX)READ MORE
    24. Janet TamaroRizzoli & Isles (TNT)READ MORE
    25. Matthew WeinerMad Men (AMC)READ MORE
    26. D.B. Weiss and David Ben…Game of Thrones (HBO)READ MORE
    27. John WellsShameless (Showtime)READ MORE
    28. Kevin Williamson and Jul…The Vampire Diaries (CW)READ MORE
    29. Terence WinterBoardwalk Empire (HBO)READ MORE
    30. Graham YostJustified (FX)READ MORE

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