A showrunner (or colloquially a helmer[1]) is the leading producer of a television series.[2] In United States network television they are typically credited as an executive producer.[3] Alternatively they may be credited as a producer. A showrunner has creative and management responsibility for a television series' production through combining the responsibilities of employer and, in comedy or dramas, typically also character creator, head writer, and script editor, or in animation, a story editor. In films, the director has creative control of a production, but in television, the showrunner outranks the episodic directors.[4]

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