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Working As An Associate Media Director

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $110,900

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Media Director 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 Associate Media Director

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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Associate Media Director Demographics

Gender

Female

52.1%

Male

46.2%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.2%

Hispanic or Latino

17.9%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

8.6%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.9%

French

13.0%

Chinese

4.3%

Vietnamese

4.3%

German

4.3%

Cantonese

4.3%

Thai

4.3%

Italian

4.3%
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Associate Media Director Education

Schools

Michigan State University

13.8%

Syracuse University

7.3%

Boston University

5.5%

Florida International University

5.5%

Northeastern University

5.5%

University of Kansas

5.5%

Pepperdine University

5.5%

George Washington University

4.6%

New York University

4.6%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.6%

Hofstra University

4.6%

University of Florida

3.7%

University of Iowa

3.7%

Saint John's University - New York

3.7%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.7%

University of Wisconsin Extension

3.7%

Fordham University

3.7%

University of Southern California

3.7%

Fashion Institute of Technology

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.7%
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Majors

Marketing

18.0%

Advertising

13.6%

Communication

13.3%

Business

13.0%

Journalism

5.9%

English

5.9%

Public Relations

5.6%

Psychology

4.1%

Political Science

3.6%

Economics

2.4%

Management

2.1%

Education

2.1%

Sociology

1.5%

Finance

1.5%

Business Communications

1.5%

History

1.5%

Agricultural Public Services

1.2%

Fine Arts

1.2%

Photography

1.2%

Writing

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

73.2%

Masters

17.9%

Other

6.1%

Certificate

1.5%

Associate

0.8%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Real Associate Media Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Director, Investment Banker/Media & Telecommunic UBS Securities LLC New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $154,000 -
$175,000
Associate Director, Digital Media Analytics Merkle Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Apr 04, 2016 $150,000
Associate Media Director PHD Media LLC New York, NY Sep 01, 2010 $140,000
Associate Director, Media Analytics Merkle Inc. New York, NY Jan 11, 2015 $125,000
Associate Director, Programmatic Media Buying Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $115,000
Associate Director, Programmatic Media Buying Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners New York, NY Nov 16, 2015 $115,000
Associate Director, Media Analytics NEO@Ogilvy LLC New York, NY Sep 30, 2014 $110,000
Associate Media Director, Digital/Magazine Activation Zenith Media Services, Inc. New York, NY Jul 12, 2016 $108,500
Associate Media Director NEO@Ogilvy LLC Vista, CA May 18, 2016 $105,000
Associate Media Director Rubin Postaer and Associates Santa Monica, CA Sep 17, 2012 $101,000
Associate Media Director Ogilvyone, LLC New York, NY Dec 10, 2015 $100,000
Associate Media Director LBI Us, LLC New York, NY Sep 15, 2012 $100,000
Digital Associate Media Director Starcom Mediavest Group, Inc. New York, NY May 15, 2011 $100,000
Associate Media Director, Strategy Canvas Worldwide, LLC Vista, CA Jan 01, 2016 $100,000
Associate Media Director 360I, LLC New York, NY Jan 05, 2015 $95,000 -
$120,000
Associate Director, Media/Telecom UBS Securities LLC New York, NY Jul 08, 2013 $90,500 -
$165,000
Associate Director, Investment Banker, Media and T UBS Securities LLC New York, NY Aug 06, 2010 $90,100 -
$130,000
Associate Director, Investment Banker, Media and T UBS Securities LLC New York, NY Jul 26, 2010 $90,100 -
$130,000
Associate Director, Investment Banker, Media and T UBS Securities LLC New York, NY Jul 29, 2010 $90,100 -
$130,000

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  1. Strategic Development
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  • Manage team responsible for the strategic development, tactical execution and measurement of brand and direct response advertising campaigns.
  • Managed supplier governance and service-level development with IT/DMP providers, and negotiated advantageous data-sharing agreements with online and offline data providers.
  • Managed a staff of 12 which included assistant planners, Sr. planners and planning supervisors.
  • Assisted on new business pitches and managed the media internship program.
  • Developed strong client relationships within the account management division.

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