Gravitas Ventures and Submarine Deluxe are partnering to release the documentary film SHOWRUNNERS this fall, it was announced today by Nolan Gallagher of Gravitas and Dan Braun of Submarine Deluxe. Submarine will bring the film to theaters in October, while Gravitas will release the film on VOD day and date with the theatrical release. The film, which incorporates several scenes from previous Cons, will have an Exclusive Sneak Peek Screening at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 25 at 3:30pm at the Horton Grand Theatre.
Featuring some of the most creative voices in television today – J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe), Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Shawn Ryan (The Shield), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Janet Tamaro (Rizzoli & Isles), Jonathan Nolan (Persons of Interest), Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), Matthew Carnahan (House of Lies), and many more – SHOWRUNNERS is an intriguing behind-the-scenes expose of the men and women responsible for TV’s recent revolution. Directed by Des Doyle, SHOWRUNNERS is the first ever feature-length documentary to explore the fascinating world of U.S. television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. These people are responsible for creating, writing, and overseeing every element of production on one of the United State’s biggest exports – television drama and comedy series.
SHOWRUNNERS is a Black Sheep / Romark / Junto Production with financing from the Irish Film Board and Kickstarter. It is produced by John Wallace and Rock Shaink, with co-producer Ryan Patrick McGuffey. Executive Producers are Jason Rose, Jimmy Nguyen, and Christof Bove.
Following the Comic-Con screening there will be a Q&A with director Des Doyle and co-producer Ryan Patrick McGuffey, as well as some of the showrunners featured in the film, including Mike Royce (Enlisted, Men Of A Certain Age, Everybody Loves Raymond) and Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory). The Q&A will be moderated by Tara Bennett who is also the author of the film’s official companion book, Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show, which will be published September 2 by Titan Books.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Des Doyle and the rest of the SHOWRUNNERS team on this ground breaking documentary,” remarked Nolan Gallagher, Founder and CEO of Gravitas Ventures. “Television fans of all ages will appreciate this behind-the-scenes account of how their favorite shows get made.”
Dan Braun, Co-President of Submarine Deluxe, said, “SHOWRUNNERS is a unique film that reveals some of the never-before-seen inner workings of the television business. We are excited to be collaborating with Gravitas to bring this film to both big and small screen audiences.”
Director Des Doyle remarked, “we are very excited to be releasing Showrunners in the US and are delighted to be working with our partners Submarine and Gravitas”