At least, that’s the dream.
The reality is, everyone has a boss.
The person who has the final say is the person with the money. In television, that’s the executive overseeing the production. Of course, he has a boss, in the vice president in charge of production, whose boss is the president of the network. The network, in turn, is owned by a conglomerate, which is owned by stockholders.
This blog is probably the closest I’ll ever come to being my own boss.