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Working As An Assistant To The 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

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant To The 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 To The 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 To The Producer Career Paths

Assistant To The Producer
Production Coordinator Executive Assistant Event Manager
Events Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Production Coordinator Executive Assistant Marketing Manager
Senior Director Of Marketing
12 Yearsyrs
Production Coordinator Producer Production Manager
Vice President Of Production
8 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Owner Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Producer Owner Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Producer Marketing Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Personal Assistant Brand Ambassador Staff Writer
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Reporter Technical Writer Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Reporter Editor Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Reporter Managing Editor Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Designer Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Editor Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Marketing Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Consultant Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Strategy
Director Of Digital Strategy
10 Yearsyrs
Writer Writer And Editor Public Relations Specialist
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Writer Managing Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Writer Writer And Editor Senior Copywriter
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Writer/Producer Executive Producer Social Media Manager
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Studio Manager Traffic Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Event Coordinator Logistics Coordinator Traffic Manager
Creative Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Highest Assistant To The Producer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Producer Assistant Mandoo Pictures (USA) Co Ltd. Marina del Rey, CA Aug 01, 2014 $60,000
Assistant To The Producer Gorgeous Entertainment, Inc. New York, NY Sep 17, 2016 $58,707
Assistant To The Producer Gorgeous Entertainment, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2014 $52,175
Assistant To The Producer Gorgeous Entertainment, Inc. New York, NY Sep 17, 2013 $52,175
Assistant To The Producer Gorgeous Entertainment, Inc. New York, NY Nov 20, 2012 $52,175
Assistant To The Producer Playground Entertainment TV Inc. New York, NY Nov 04, 2016 $50,088
Assistant To The Producer Playground Entertainment TV Inc. New York, NY Mar 28, 2016 $50,088

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Top Skills for An Assistant To The Producer

  1. Production Company
  2. Customer Service
  3. Video Production
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supported Producer / Head of Production for feature-film production company.
  • Controlled inventory by ordering and ensuring increased sales through product placement and exceptional customer service.
  • Assisted with all media center operations, including video production, audiovisual and photography services.
  • Performed script coverage and development.
  • Assisted Producer through the Development, Production & Distribution of multiple Feature Film / TV projects.

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Assistant To The Producer Demographics

Gender

Male

45.3%

Female

44.6%

Unknown

10.1%
Ethnicity

White

59.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.8%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.3%

French

11.5%

Mandarin

6.2%

Chinese

6.2%

Portuguese

4.0%

Japanese

4.0%

Italian

3.5%

Hebrew

2.7%

Korean

1.8%

German

1.8%

Danish

1.3%

Russian

1.3%

Cantonese

0.9%

Arabic

0.9%

Serbian

0.4%

Dutch

0.4%

Bulgarian

0.4%

Bosnian

0.4%

Armenian

0.4%

Indonesian

0.4%
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Assistant To The Producer Education

Schools

New York University

12.9%

Full Sail University

7.3%

Columbia College Chicago

6.4%

University of Southern California

5.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.3%

New York Film Academy

5.3%

Emerson College

5.3%

University of Texas at Austin

5.0%

University of Phoenix

5.0%

Loyola Marymount University

4.2%

San Francisco State University

3.9%

Temple University

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

San Diego State University

3.9%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.9%

Santa Monica College

3.9%

Florida State University

3.6%

Syracuse University

3.4%

Northwestern University

3.4%

California State University - Northridge

3.4%
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Majors

Communication

18.5%

Photography

18.3%

Business

10.9%

Journalism

6.3%

Theatre

5.0%

Entertainment Business

3.7%

Digital Media

3.7%

English

3.7%

Marketing

3.7%

Fine Arts

3.5%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

2.9%

Graphic Design

2.8%

Psychology

2.6%

Public Relations

2.4%

Management

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Writing

2.1%

Music

2.0%

History

1.8%

Education

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

56.6%

Other

19.0%

Masters

10.9%

Associate

7.1%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.5%
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