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Some of the series I follow intensely have showrunners I know off the top of my head. Doctor Who has Stephen Moffat (who was preceded by RTD). Lost had Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. But I only know they are the showrunners due to media on the internet referring to them as such. Watching the shows, there's no 'showrunner' credit, or obvious marking that these people ran the show during that season/episode.

Is there some standard way to determine who the showrunner(s) of a show is/are?

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What is a "showrunner" anyway? Wikipedia seems to not be able define it exactly, something like a producer/writer/editor/presenter thingy. So maybe some shows just don't have a dedicated showrunner or he isn't called that way...Yet I see you already have another question on it, which might give this one here its meaning in the first place (or not). –  Napoleon Wilson Sep 10 '13 at 19:31

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I don't believe that there's a standard way as they are not credited as such. Showrunners are always credited as Executive Producers. Additionally, they also usually receive credits as a Creator, Writer, and/or a Director. They are all inevitably writers.

Looking up IMDb's crew list for:

  • Mad Men suggests that Matthew Weiner is the showrunner
  • Star Trek: Enterprise suggests that Rick Berman and Brannon Braga were joint showrunners
  • Doctor Who suggests that Russell T. Davies was the showrunner until 2010 after which Steven Moffat took over; Julie Gardner was also the executive producer with Davies, but she didn't have his writing credits.

(I haven't watched any of the above shows.)

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