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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

  • $59,387

    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
Writer Managing Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Writer Writer And Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Camera Operator Media Specialist Media Supervisor
Digital Media Director
8 Yearsyrs
Editor Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Coordinator Operations Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Manager Director Of Strategy
Director Of Digital Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Sales Manager General Sales Manager
Director Of New Media
5 Yearsyrs
Writer/Producer Writer And Editor Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Media Specialist Media Manager
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Reporter Communications Coordinator Media Relations Specialist
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Multimedia Specialist
Multimedia Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Field Producer Producer
Producer/Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Reporter
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Editor Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Production Assistant Account Executive Marketing Director
Senior Director Of Marketing
12 Yearsyrs
Production Assistant Production Manager
Senior Production Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Creative Director Senior User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Production Coordinator Account Manager Marketing Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Account Executive Assistant Vice President
Vice President-Products
13 Yearsyrs
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Associate Producer Demographics

Gender

Male

58.9%

Female

39.6%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.7%

French

15.6%

Italian

4.9%

Japanese

4.9%

German

4.0%

Arabic

3.7%

Mandarin

3.4%

Russian

3.2%

Chinese

2.9%

Portuguese

1.8%

Korean

1.5%

Cantonese

1.1%

Hindi

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Serbian

0.6%

Turkish

0.5%

Bosnian

0.5%

Thai

0.5%

Greek

0.5%
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Associate Producer Education

Schools

New York University

9.7%

Syracuse University

6.9%

University of Southern California

6.3%

Temple University

6.2%

Columbia College Chicago

6.0%

Hofstra University

5.7%

University of Phoenix

4.9%

Boston University

4.8%

Ithaca College

4.6%

Florida State University

4.6%

Emerson College

4.5%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.4%

Full Sail University

4.4%

Howard University

4.4%

Northwestern University

4.0%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%

Quinnipiac University

3.8%

University of Central Florida

3.7%

University of Florida

3.6%

American University

3.6%
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Majors

Communication

21.2%

Journalism

14.4%

Photography

12.5%

Business

10.7%

English

3.8%

Digital Media

3.7%

Psychology

3.4%

Political Science

3.1%

Marketing

3.0%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

Fine Arts

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.3%

Entertainment Business

2.2%

Computer Science

2.1%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

2.1%

General Studies

2.1%

History

2.0%

Public Relations

1.9%

Writing

1.9%

Theatre

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.5%

Other

21.3%

Masters

13.0%

Associate

8.1%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

0.8%

Doctorate

0.7%

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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  1. Video
  2. Customer Service
  3. Floral Department
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  • Created and monitored Audio/Video library along with video equipment.
  • Provided high-quality customer service, responding to customer inquiries and requests for recommendations or selection assistance.
  • Assist customers in floral department when florist is unavailable.
  • Provided a competent team of production assistants and monitored all production activities to establish effective communication between departments.
  • Push carts, help customers, clean floors, and stocking fruits and vegetables and rotating stock room and sales floor.

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