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Working As An Assistant Producer

  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $53,708

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Producer Do

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

Duties

Producers and directors typically do the following:

  • Select scripts or topics for a film, show, commercial, or play
  • Audition and select cast members and the film or stage crew
  • Approve the design and financial aspects of a production
  • Oversee the production process, including performances, lighting, and choreography
  • Oversee the postproduction process, including editing, special effects, music selection, and a performance’s overall tone
  • Ensure that a project stays on schedule and within budget
  • Promote finished works or productions through interviews, advertisements, and film festivals

Large productions often have associate, assistant, and line producers who share responsibilities. For example, on a large movie set an executive producer is in charge of the entire production, and a line producer runs the day-to-day operations. A TV show may employ several assistant producers to whom the head or executive producer gives certain duties, such as supervising the costume and makeup team.

Similarly, large productions usually employ several assistant directors, who help the director with tasks such as making set changes or notifying the performers when it is their time to go onstage. The specific responsibilities of assistant producers or directors vary with the size and type of production they work on.

Producers make the business and financial decisions for a motion picture, TV show, commercial, or stage production. They raise money for the project and hire the director and crew. The crew may include set and costume designers, film and video editors, a musical director, a choreographer, and other workers. Some producers may assist in the selection of cast members. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the production is completed on time, and they are ultimately responsible for the final product.

Directors are responsible for the creative decisions of a production. They select cast members, conduct rehearsals, and direct the work of the cast and crew. During rehearsals, they work with the actors to help them more accurately portray their characters. For nonfiction video, such as documentaries or live broadcasts, directors choose topics or subjects to film. They investigate the topic and may interview relevant participants or experts on camera. Directors also work with cinematographers and other crew members to ensure the final product matches the overall vision.

Directors work with set designers, costume designers, location scouts, and art directors to build a project’s set. During a film’s postproduction phase, they work closely with film editors and music supervisors to make sure that the final product comes out the way the producer and director envisioned. Stage directors, unlike television or film directors who document their product with cameras, make sure the cast and crew give a consistently strong live performance. For more information, see the profiles on actors, writers and authors, film and video editors and camera operators, dancers and choreographers, and multimedia artists and animators.

Although directors are in charge of the creative aspects of a show, they ultimately answer to producers. Some directors also share producing duties for their own films.

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How To Become An Assistant Producer

Most producers and directors have a bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience in an occupation related to motion picture, TV, or theater production, such as an actor, film and video editor, or cinematographer.

Education

Producers and directors usually have a bachelor’s degree. Many students study film or cinema at colleges and universities. In these programs, students learn about film history, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, and the filmmaking process. Others major in writing, acting, journalism, or communication. Some producers earn a degree in business, arts management, or nonprofit management.

Many stage directors complete a degree in theater and some go on to receive a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Classes may include directing, playwriting, set design, and acting. As of May 2015, the National Association of Schools of Theatre accredited more than 180 programs in theater arts.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Producers and directors might start out working in a theatrical management office as a business or company manager. In television or film, they might start out as an assistant or another low-profile studio job.

Advancement

As a producer’s or director’s reputation grows, he or she may work on larger projects that attract more attention or publicity.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Producers and directors must coordinate the work of many different people to finish a production on time and within budget.

Creativity. Because a script can be interpreted in different ways, directors must decide how they want to interpret it and then how to represent the script’s ideas on the screen or stage.

Leadership skills. A director instructs actors and helps them portray their characters in a believable manner. They also supervise the crew, who are responsible for the behind the scenes work.

Time-management skills. Producers must find and hire the best director and crew for the production. They make sure that all involved do their jobs effectively, keeping within a production schedule and a budget.

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Assistant Producer Career Paths

Assistant Producer
Editor Communications Director Marketing Director
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Producer Director Creative Director Communications Director
Chief Communications Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Producer Writer/Producer Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Coordinator Art Director
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Senior Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Marketing Manager Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Marketing Specialist Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Editor Marketing Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Manager Director Of Strategy
Director Of Digital Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Producer Director Account Executive General Sales Manager
Director Of New Media
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Producer Production Director Freelance Producer
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Producer Creative Director Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Media Specialist Media Manager
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Media Specialist Communications Coordinator
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Senior Graphic Designer Multimedia Specialist
Multimedia Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Producer
Producer/Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Coordinator Producer Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Producer Production Manager
Senior Production Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Assistant Producer Demographics

Gender

Male

49.4%

Female

48.1%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

57.7%

Hispanic or Latino

17.3%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

9.7%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.8%

French

14.8%

Mandarin

6.7%

Italian

5.8%

Japanese

5.4%

Portuguese

4.5%

Chinese

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%

German

3.1%

Russian

2.7%

Cantonese

2.2%

Swedish

0.9%

Hindi

0.9%

Korean

0.9%

Bengali

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Polish

0.9%

Turkish

0.4%

Gujarati

0.4%

Dutch

0.4%
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Assistant Producer Education

Schools

Ithaca College

10.3%

Syracuse University

6.9%

Columbia College Chicago

6.0%

Temple University

5.6%

New York University

5.6%

University of Texas at Austin

5.6%

Hofstra University

5.6%

Northwestern University

5.2%

Boston University

5.2%

Columbia University

4.7%

Seton Hall University

4.7%

Ohio University -

4.3%

American University

4.3%

Academy of Art University

3.9%

University of Southern California

3.9%

California State University - Northridge

3.9%

Rowan University

3.9%

University of Alabama

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.4%

DePaul University

3.4%
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Majors

Communication

23.5%

Journalism

16.4%

Photography

11.4%

Business

6.3%

Digital Media

5.2%

English

3.5%

Marketing

3.4%

Public Relations

3.2%

Graphic Design

3.2%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

3.1%

Fine Arts

2.9%

Psychology

2.9%

Theatre

2.7%

Political Science

2.4%

Entertainment Business

2.1%

History

1.9%

Agricultural Public Services

1.6%

Kinesiology

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Computer Science

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

60.5%

Masters

17.5%

Other

12.6%

Associate

4.2%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.2%
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Real Assistant Producer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Producer TBWA Worldwide, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 22, 2013 $85,000
Assistant Producer Key Brand Entertainment, Inc. New York, NY Jan 29, 2016 $83,470
Assistant Producer Original Productions LLC Burbank, CA Sep 15, 2011 $78,523
Assistant Producer II Electronic Arts Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 09, 2011 $68,016
Assistant Producer II Electronic Arts Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 29, 2011 $68,016
Assistant Producer Lleju Productions and Films, LLC CA Dec 16, 2010 $64,140
Assistant Producer I Electronics Arts, Inc. Redwood City, CA Apr 02, 2012 $62,610
Assistant Producer Day O Productions Los Angeles, CA Sep 30, 2011 $61,045
Assistant Producer Retromedia Entertainment Inc. CA Sep 11, 2010 $60,840
Assistant Producer All In One Productions (La) Inc. Monterey Park, CA Sep 01, 2014 $59,584
Assistant Producer National Public Radio, Inc. Washington, DC Sep 30, 2010 $58,529 -
$65,764
Assistant Producer Little V, LLC New York, NY Sep 03, 2016 $57,330
Assistant Producer SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC San Mateo, CA Sep 02, 2014 $57,018
Assistant Producer TBWA Worldwide Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2010 $57,000
Assistant Producer Al Jazeera International (USA), Inc. Washington, DC Sep 18, 2014 $54,746 -
$72,030
Assistant Producer Michael Fox Productions, Inc. New York, NY Sep 12, 2012 $53,156
Assistant Producer Michael Fox Productions, Inc. New York, NY Sep 22, 2012 $53,156
Assistant Producer Elevator Repair Service Theater Inc. New York, NY Jan 12, 2015 $52,968
Assistant Producer Key Brand Theatrical Group, Inc. New York, NY Dec 14, 2015 $49,858
Assistant Art Producer (Digital Animator) Firefly Games, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Dec 09, 2016 $46,500 -
$55,000
Assistant Producer Lleju Productions and Films, LLC Houston, TX Dec 16, 2010 $45,000
Assistant Producer Magusa Logistics, Corp. Miami, FL Mar 22, 2012 $41,740
Assistant Producer Adecco USA, Inc. Watertown Town, MA Oct 01, 2009 $41,600
Assistant Producer Createthe Group, Inc. New York, NY Aug 13, 2009 $40,000

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Top Skills for An Assistant Producer

  1. Web
  2. Audio Clips
  3. Video
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  • Interacted professionally with viewers and website-viewers by providing economic information.
  • Selected and edited photos, audio clips, and video clips for placement on site.
  • Handled daily production responsibilities for video news content specifically created for mobile devices
  • Aided regularly scheduled on-air team in preparation of nightly programming.
  • Designed online and printed promotional materials.

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