Scripted TV show runners are writers who oversee production and creative decision-making. They are members of the striking Writers Guild, but they have duties that go far beyond writing, and they are obligated to do their producing jobs even when they are forbidden to write because of the strike.
Several high-profile show runners, however, have decided not to do any work at all.
Film and television writers are going on strike, as talks have not produced a new contract between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The writers' demands include a percentage of DVD profits, plus a cut of money from new-media distribution. NPR.org offers this explainer.