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Hollywood's 50 Most Powerful TV Showrunners of 2018

Wednesday - 17/10/2018 11:21
The Hollywood Reporter's annual rundown of the most influential creators includes those executive producers with the Netflix gold — congratulations again, Ryan Murphy — as well as emerging talents like Jordan Peele and Lena Waithe.
From left: Kenya Barris, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Jesse Armstrong Getty Images (3)
From left: Kenya Barris, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Jesse Armstrong Getty Images (3)

For the most prolific writer-producers, nine-figure deals are now commonplace. Scratching into that upper echelon, however, seems nearly impossible when U.S. scripted output is poised to surge past 500 series. But in a room full of screams for attention, these are the voices that cut through.

The Hollywood Reporter’s annual rundown of TV’s 50 most influential creators includes those EPs with the Netflix gold — congratulations again, Ryan Murphy — but also accounts for talent making an impact with infinitely smaller resources.

In corner offices or writers rooms, they all have one thing in common: Everybody wants to be on their team.

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Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil
CaptionMara Brock Akil and Salim Akil
Black Lightning (THE CW); Love Is _ (OWN)

 

Jesse Armstrong
Jesse Armstrong 
Succession (HBO)

 

Kenya Barris
Kenya Barris
Black-ish (ABC); Grown-ish, Besties (FREEFORM)

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