A developer is someone who is charged with putting together the concept behind a television program. These individuals usually receive executive producer and writing credits on the show and may sometimes even direct episodes. Executive producers who are developers of a program are also referred to as showrunners.
It is not uncommon for a developer to leave a series, yet still retain credit on the opening title card or closing credit sequence of a show, long after they had departed the project. For example, Angel co-creator David Greenwalt left the series after season three, but was still credited as a co-creator and consulting producer for two more seasons. Frank Darabont, showrunner for the AMC series The Walking Dead left the show early in season two, but still received a "developed by" credit on further episodes.
Some series showrunners, who are no longer active executive producers on a show may be credited as supervising producers.
Notes & Trivia Edit
- Developer is also the name of the solution used when processing photographic prints.