Not to be confused with an Executive Producer (EP) for film, the EP for a television show is the highest credit you can receive. There are usually several executive producers of a television show and it typically includes the showrunner(s), the creator(s), senior level writers, and the principal(s) of the production company. Television EPs are ultimately responsible for putting together and creating a television show. Of all the EP’s, it’s the showrunner that holds the highest title. They’re the ones that usually receive the “created by” credit at the end of the opening credits. There are cases, however, where a creator of a show will not have enough experience to run a show and the network will bring in an experienced showrunner to fill that role. In this case, the showrunner will just take and EP credit.
The saying often goes, “In movies, director is king. In TV shows, EP is king.”