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Working As An Associate 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

  • $44,810

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate 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 Associate 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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Associate Producer Career Paths

Associate Producer
Producer Director Creative Director Marketing Director
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Writer Project Manager Product Manager
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Editor & Producer Producer Digital Producer
Digital Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Writer Managing Editor Communications Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Writer/Producer Creative Director Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Senior Manager Director Of Strategy
Director Of Digital Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Writer/Producer Writer And Editor Search Engine Optimizer
Director Of Ecommerce
10 Yearsyrs
Producer Writer/Producer Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
7 Yearsyrs
Production Manager General Manager Account Executive
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Business Developer
Marketing/Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
Field Producer Producer Project Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Operations Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Producer Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Coordinator Marketing Director
Senior Vice President Of Marketing
12 Yearsyrs
Producer Director Production Manager General Manager
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Producer 3.7 years
Writer/Producer 3.6 years
Broadcast Producer 3.4 years
Executive Producer 3.4 years
Music Producer 3.3 years
Radio Producer 3.0 years
Editor & Producer 3.0 years
Newscast Producer 2.9 years
Anchor/Producer 2.8 years
Media Producer 2.8 years
News Producer 2.8 years
Sports 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
Field Producer 2.2 years
Web Producer 2.1 years
Content Producer 2.1 years
Associate Producer 2.0 years
Digital Producer 1.7 years
Co-Producer 1.7 years
Assistant Producer 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 11.9%
Cashier 9.8%
Producer 5.4%
Associate 3.9%
Assistant 2.8%
Reporter 2.5%
Server 2.4%
Editor 2.3%
Manager 2.1%
Top Employers After
Producer 21.8%
Cashier 4.2%
Internship 4.1%
Editor 3.2%
Manager 2.9%
Associate 2.9%

Associate Producer Demographics

Gender

Male

58.7%

Female

39.8%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

79.6%

Hispanic or Latino

11.3%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.5%

French

15.5%

Italian

4.7%

Japanese

4.7%

German

4.4%

Arabic

3.8%

Mandarin

3.5%

Russian

3.2%

Chinese

2.9%

Portuguese

1.8%

Korean

1.2%

Cantonese

1.1%

Hindi

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Urdu

0.8%

Turkish

0.6%

Carrier

0.6%

Thai

0.5%

Greek

0.5%

Serbian

0.5%
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Associate Producer Education

Schools

New York University

9.9%

Syracuse University

6.9%

Temple University

6.5%

University of Southern California

6.4%

Columbia College Chicago

5.9%

Hofstra University

5.3%

University of Phoenix

4.7%

Emerson College

4.7%

Boston University

4.7%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.6%

Full Sail University

4.6%

Florida State University

4.5%

Ithaca College

4.3%

Howard University

4.3%

University of Central Florida

4.2%

Northwestern University

4.0%

Quinnipiac University

3.9%

University of Texas at Austin

3.7%

University of Florida

3.5%

Columbia University

3.5%
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Majors

Communication

21.4%

Journalism

14.2%

Photography

12.5%

Business

10.9%

English

4.0%

Digital Media

3.5%

Psychology

3.4%

Political Science

3.1%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

Marketing

3.0%

Fine Arts

2.7%

Graphic Design

2.2%

Entertainment Business

2.2%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

2.1%

Computer Science

2.1%

General Studies

2.0%

Public Relations

2.0%

History

2.0%

Theatre

1.9%

Writing

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.4%

Other

21.2%

Masters

13.0%

Associate

8.2%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

0.9%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.3%
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Real Associate Producer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Producer Mattel HQ, Inc. El Segundo, CA Sep 14, 2016 $100,000
Associate Producer II Electronic Arts, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 08, 2014 $95,900
Associate Producer, and Manager of Development Dreamworks Animation LLC New York, NY Sep 10, 2015 $84,000
Associate Producer A76 Productions, LLC. New York, NY Jan 11, 2015 $83,292
Associate Producer/Director National Public Radio, Inc. Washington, DC Sep 29, 2013 $77,037
Associate Producer/Director National Public Radio Inc. Washington, DC Jan 15, 2015 $77,037
Associate Producer Titleboy Films, Inc. CA Apr 21, 2014 $75,000
Associate Producer Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. Glendale, CA Sep 02, 2013 $72,869
Associate Producer Mandoo Pictures (USA) Co., Ltd. CA Jun 27, 2016 $72,000
Associate Producer Electronic Arts, Inc. Redwood City, CA Apr 02, 2015 $71,500
Associate Producer Viacom International Inc. New York, NY Oct 09, 2016 $70,200
Associate Producer II ESPN Productions, Inc. Bristol, CT Jun 10, 2015 $69,557
Associate Producer, Business Al Jazeera America LLC New York, NY Sep 13, 2014 $68,000
Associate Producer Information Television Network Boca Raton, FL Oct 24, 2016 $61,027
Associate Producer Pop Crimes Production, LLC New York, NY May 28, 2016 $60,900
Associate Producer Park Pictures, LLC New York, NY Sep 13, 2016 $60,170
Associate Producer Fremantlemedia North America Inc. Burbank, CA Sep 19, 2013 $60,000
Associate Producer CBS Interactive, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 10, 2014 $60,000
Associate Producer Original Productions LLC Burbank, CA Nov 24, 2014 $60,000
Associate Producer GWE LLC New York, NY Jun 29, 2016 $60,000 -
$70,000
Associate Producer Los Angeles Cable Sports Productions, LLC Los Angeles, CA Dec 05, 2014 $59,956
Associate Producer, Post-Producgtion TV By Mills, Inc. New York, NY Aug 26, 2016 $52,000
Associate Producer Stedfast Productions New York, NY Apr 01, 2013 $52,000
Associate Producer (Commercials) Icontent Inc. New York, NY Sep 14, 2014 $52,000
Associate Producer (Commercials) Icontent Inc. New York, NY Sep 05, 2014 $52,000
Associate Producer Stedfast Productions New York, NY Mar 24, 2014 $52,000
Associate Producer Hogarth Worldwide, Inc. New York, NY Mar 09, 2015 $52,000
Associate Producer Park Pictures, LLC New York, NY Sep 13, 2013 $51,632
Associate Producer AOL Inc. New York, NY Sep 02, 2013 $51,459

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Top Skills for An Associate Producer

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Top Associate Producer Skills

  1. Video Production
  2. Customer Service
  3. Floral Department
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinate logistics for set design and camera operation for shoots and video production
  • Provide premier quality customer service, manage deliveries, stock inventory, and maintain quality assurance in produce department.
  • Assist customers in floral department when florist is unavailable.
  • Coordinated and managed the responsibilities of all production assistants and interns.
  • Meet greet customers, distribute fresh produce onto sales floor, ensure product quality

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