Des Doyle and Ryan Patrick McGuffey Learn the Ropes With "Showrunners"

January 16, 2015 10:47 PM

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J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe), Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Shawn Ryan (The Shield), Damon Lindelof (Lost) and countless others shift from behind the scenes to become the focus of a new documentary, Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show. The doc offers numerous first-hand accounts of what it takes to get a TV show on the air and features a backstory that is almost as equally fascinating. Director Des Doyle and Co-Producer Ryan Patrick McGuffey, both natives of Ireland, sat down recently to discuss the arduous journey of bringing this film to life. For anyone who has ever truly pursued the dream of making a film, they know it comes with costs attached. "The lucky thing about being a first-time director is that naiveté can make you unaware of just how big a challenge you've set yourself," says Doyle with a hearty chuckle.

"For my first film, I wanted to tell the story of the people who wrote and created one of the things I love most in life: American TV dramas and comedies. I had been fascinated by the role of the showrunner for many years and had voraciously read or watched everything I could about them," Doyle adds...

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