Showrunning, Sera Gamble and the Australian model

The US creator of TV's 'The Magicians', 'You' and 'Supernatural' talked power and intensity, while in another session local players Leigh McGrath, Stephen M. Irwin and Jeffrey Walker added their Australian experience.

The term is still a bit fresh here, but showrunners are not exactly new in Australian television production. But we look to the US as leaders of the world’s most popular and distinctly authored drama and so some of the biggest drawcards at Screen Forever this year are the creators and showrunners of popular American television, like William Horburg (The Queen’s Gambit), Bruce Miller (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Sera Gamble (The Magicians, You).

Gamble appeared yesterday via video link, in conversation with Vanessa Gazy, the Australian creator and head writer of upcoming 8-part Stan/Balloon/Every Cloud series Eden. This is Gazy’s first TV series, so she was keen to get intel and advice from a more experienced player, and no doubt many of those watching were in the same boat.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She is a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk