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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

  • $80,340

    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
Producer Director Creative Director Marketing Director
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager Communications Director
Chief Communications Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Program Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Producer Digital Producer
Digital Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Communications Director Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Business Developer Director Of Strategy
Director Of Digital Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Associate Producer Production Manager General Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Business Manager Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
8 Yearsyrs
Producer Director Executive Producer Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Office Manager Marketing Coordinator
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Producer Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Producer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Reporter Account Executive Business Developer
Marketing/Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
Production Coordinator Production Manager Product Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Coordinator Office Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Associate Producer Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Reporter Communications Director Marketing Director
Senior Vice President Of Marketing
12 Yearsyrs
Editor Marketing Manager Marketing Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Producer 3.7 years
Writer/Producer 3.6 years
Executive Producer 3.4 years
Broadcast Producer 3.4 years
Radio Producer 3.0 years
Editor & Producer 3.0 years
Newscast Producer 2.9 years
Media Producer 2.8 years
News Producer 2.8 years
Anchor/Producer 2.8 years
Sports Producer 2.7 years
Film Producer 2.7 years
Freelance Producer 2.7 years
Producer 2.6 years
Lead Producer 2.6 years
Video Producer 2.6 years
Online Producer 2.4 years
Creative Producer 2.3 years
Line Producer 2.3 years
Movie Producer 2.3 years
Field Producer 2.2 years
Content Producer 2.1 years
Web Producer 2.1 years
Assistant Producer 2.0 years
Associate Producer 1.8 years
Co-Producer 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 20.4%
Reporter 4.0%
Producer 4.0%
Cashier 4.0%
Assistant 3.7%
Server 3.0%
Volunteer 2.6%
Director 2.4%
Top Employers After
Internship 11.2%
Producer 9.8%
Reporter 3.9%
Editor 3.8%
Server 3.7%
Manager 3.5%
Director 2.9%

Assistant Producer Demographics

Gender

Male

50.0%

Female

47.5%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

76.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Asian

8.9%

Unknown

2.2%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.8%

French

13.7%

Mandarin

6.5%

Italian

5.0%

Chinese

5.0%

Japanese

5.0%

Portuguese

3.1%

German

2.8%

Arabic

2.8%

Russian

1.9%

Cantonese

1.6%

Hebrew

1.6%

Korean

1.2%

Swedish

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Danish

0.6%

Bengali

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Turkish

0.3%
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Assistant Producer Education

Schools

Ithaca College

9.9%

Syracuse University

7.4%

New York University

7.1%

Columbia College Chicago

6.7%

Temple University

6.4%

University of Texas at Austin

5.8%

Hofstra University

5.4%

California State University - Northridge

4.8%

Northwestern University

4.5%

San Francisco State University

4.5%

Seton Hall University

4.2%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.2%

University of Southern California

3.8%

DePaul University

3.8%

Rowan University

3.8%

University of Alabama

3.5%

Full Sail University

3.5%

Savannah College of Art and Design

3.5%

Columbia University

3.5%

Florida International University

3.5%
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Majors

Communication

21.6%

Journalism

14.1%

Photography

13.1%

Business

8.7%

Digital Media

4.4%

Graphic Design

3.6%

English

3.3%

Marketing

3.3%

Public Relations

3.2%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

2.9%

Theatre

2.9%

Psychology

2.9%

Fine Arts

2.8%

Political Science

2.5%

Entertainment Business

2.2%

History

2.0%

Management

1.8%

Writing

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

Agricultural Public Services

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

58.7%

Other

15.6%

Masters

14.9%

Associate

5.9%

Certificate

2.8%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

0.9%

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

AudioClipsVideoProductionWebsiteContentCustomerServiceOn-AirOnlineScriptCoverageFinalCutProSalesFloorNewsStoriesPhoneCallsArtFacebookAdobePhotoshopTwitterPowerpointPhotographyInternetProductionSchedulesLiveBroadcasts

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Top Assistant Producer Skills

  1. Audio Clips
  2. Video Production
  3. Website Content
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Edited previously recorded shows, developed graphic design, and mixed audio clips.
  • Managed video production department and mentored department interns.
  • Developed and edited website content for The Early Show newsletter.
  • Provided personalized customer service, wealth management, financial consulting and renewal services to existing customers.
  • Programmed and scheduled On-Air Community Calendar.

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