Dublin filmmaker Des Doyle and Wexford producer John Wallace of Black Sheep Productions have secured a major distribution deal with Submarine Entertainment at Comic Con in San Diego for their documentary Showrunners, which explores the world of the writers and producers of US television dramas and comedies. The film boasts interviews with such Hollywood heavyweights as Joss Whedon and JJ Abrams.
Funded by the Irish Film Board, the documentary is a co-production between Dublin’s Black Sheep Productions, Romark Entertainment, and Junto Entertainment, produced by John Wallace and Rock Shaink.
Submarine’s Co-President, Dan Braun, announced the deal saying, “We are very excited to be working with Des Doyle and the team on their amazing behind the scenes documentary Showrunners, which reveals the seductive, yet terrifying, world of being in charge of running a television show. The unprecedented access and attention to detail they achieved in this film is impressive and unique.”
Showrunners takes a behind the scenes look at the writing, development, and production side of television from the captain’s chair. The project got its start with backing from the Irish Film Board and a Kickstarter campaign that grew fan interest online. Among the TV heads featured in the film: Matthew Carnahan (House Of Lies), Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus: War Of The Damned), Chris Downey (Leverage), Mike Kelley (Revenge), Robert and Michelle King (The Good Wife), Ali LeRoi (Everybody Hates Chris), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), Jeff Melvoin (Army Wives), Jeff Pinkner (Fringe), John Rogers (Leverage), Mike Royce (Men Of A Certain Age), Shawn Ryan (The Shield), David Shore (House M.D.), Janet Tamaro (Rizzoli & Isles), Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), and J.H. Wyman (Fringe).