24. Kurt Sutter
Shows Run: Sons of Anarchy (2008-Present), Outlaw Empire (2012)
Sutter rose through the ranks on The Shield under showrunner Shawn Ryan, along with recently departed The Walking Dead showrunner, Glenn Mazzara. His experience on The Shield put Sutter in a position to launch Sons of Anarchy after the The Shield finished its run.
SOA has been an unmitigated success; the show has developed to the point that it often challenges broadcast shows in terms of ratings. Sutter also recently produced a documentary series entitled, Outlaw Empires, wherein he took a look at different real-life organized crime syndicates. The showrunner is beloved and reviled on Twitter, depending on who you ask, where he recently wrote a colorfully worded defense of Mazzara after his forced exit from The Walking Dead.