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Episode 5: Drama Showrunners


Six of the executive producers behind the year's acclaimed TV dramas discuss issues with diversity on and off screen and challenges of collaboration.

Photo by Joe Pugliese


Just because the television business has made notable inroads in the realm of diversity this year, it doesn't mean the subject is any more comfortable to discuss. So when Lee Daniels (Empire) questions the table of drama writer-producers including Beau Willimon (House of Cards), Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers), Alex Gansa (Homeland), Michelle King (The Good Wife) and Sarah Treem (The Affair) on the diversity of their writers' rooms, the group grows tense. But this subject leads into a highly-charged discussion on the industry's shortcomings – as well as the challenges of collaboration, their frustration with critics and the day that Beau Willimon danced shirtless on set with Russian punk rock group, Pussy Riot. This frank conversation gives an uncensored account of the pressures and rewards of running TV's hottest dramas.