Bill Lawrence: A Modern Day Show-runner

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Bill Lawrence is a veteran television producer who created Scrubs and co-created Spin City and Cougar Town. When the latest episodes of Cougar Town were waiting to find a place on ABC's schedule, he funded a 'take it to the people' marketing campaign -- parties with open bars and a chance to meet cast members in cities that are major TV markets across the country. He also took to Twitter and encouraged his cast, including Courtney Cox, to do the same. In these weeks of promotion Lawrence has promised that he will answer every tweet. His handle is @vdoozer. Lawrence says these outreach efforts illustrate that the role of the show-runner has changed a lot. He foresees a world in which the Neilson ratings system goes away, they cut out the networks and TV producers take their shows directly to the people.

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- Neilson study shows younger viewers aren't watching television on TV sets
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Banner image: Bill Lawrence (far L) with the cast of Cougar Town at a Paley Center event




Kim Masters