Video: Game of Thrones, Mad Men Showrunners on Creating Emmy-Winning TV

Charlie Schmidlin of IndieWire has shared a great video of a roundtable discussion, put together by The Hollywood Reporter, with some of the top showrunners working in television today (Scripts for many of the shows mentioned are linked to below):

With the surplus of quality series currently on cable television, there are also the notable names and personalities behind them — “Mad Men” and Matthew Weiner, D.B. Weiss and “Game of Thrones,” Aaron Sorkin and “The Newsroom.” All are articulate, enjoyable, and insightful, and thanks to the coming Emmy season, a roundtable with them and others has hit the web.

The latest in a long line of THR’s Roundtable series, the 55-minute Emmy discussion includes Weiner, Sorkin, Weiss, and also Alex Gansa (“Homeland”), Kevin Williamson (“The Following”), and Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”).Together, the group discusses their writing processes, violence in TV, and the personality types that enter the business. The diverse slate of shows that each showrunner represents means a varied back-and-forth over their approaches, content, and with guys like Sorkin and Weiner in the room, some choice quotes as well (“I’ve never seen an episode of ‘The West Wing‘ beyond season four,” says Sorkin.)

Watch the video at IndieWire.

 

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