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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.
|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|
|Producer Assistant||Mandoo Pictures (USA) Co Ltd||Marina del Rey, CA||Aug 01, 2014||$60,000|
|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 -
|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 -
|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||Al Jazeera International (USA), Inc.||Washington, DC||Mar 04, 2015||$49,899 -
|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 -
|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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