• Jason Kyle

What Are the Various Positions in a Writer's Room?

Updated: Jan 13

Writers Room Hierarchy:


5 Levels, 12 Roles, and 3 Job Functions you need to know


You want to go from an idea for a TV series straight to Showrunner like Dan Levy?


It's not impossible - just ask Eugene Levy if he's adopting any more kids.

If he's not, don’t fret. You can still get that coveted Showrunner role by climbing through the ranks.


Think of the Showrunner as the CEO of a company. When you're fresh out of school, you don't apply for CEO jobs. You look for paid internships or admin gigs. You put in the work and climb your way up the ladder. But what are the different rungs on that ladder?


There are 5 different levels, 3 main functions, and 12 roles:

(NOTE: The make-up, structure, positions and responsibilities of a room can always differ based on the Showrunner's preferences)


Level 1: ASSISTANT LEVEL

  • Function 1: Assistant

  • Role 1: Writers PA

  • Role 2: Writers Assistant

  • Role 3: Script Coordinator

Level 2: ENTRY LEVEL

  • Function 2: Writer

  • Role 4: Staff Writer

Level 3: MID LEVEL

  • Function 2: Writer

  • Role 5: Story Editor

  • Role 6: Executive Story Editor

  • Role 7: Executive Script Consultant

  • Role 8: Co-Producer

  • Role 9: Producer

Level 4: UPPER LEVEL

  • Function 2: Writer

  • Role 10: Supervising Producer

  • Role 11: Co-Executive Producer

Level 5: SHOWRUNNER LEVEL

  • Function 3: Showrunner

  • Role 12: Executive Producer




Level 1: ASSISTANT LEVEL


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