I ran across this great article about David Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, my favorite show on television (just making my biases known), and the managerial lessons we can learn from television show creators in Fast Company magazine.
Some of the highlights include
- The relationship of the runner, the second in command, and the creator and how that relationship is critical to the success of the show.
- Management styles in general for show creators
- How the creative process can be successful
I will leave you with 1 good quote from the Q&A session that highlights the fact that a successful show must have writers without a fear of rejection / failure - but the article as a whole is a must-read:
A show runner needs to create a safe space. To be a writer in these rooms is to be rejected constantly. It’s brutal. So the ability to inspire people despite rejecting them is really important. A writers room on the one hand is a professional atmosphere, but it’s immensely fraught with all the things you think would happen if you put a bunch of creative, neurotic, striving, competitive, insecure people in a room together and told them to bare their hearts and face rejection or acceptance.