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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Content Producer||Bartle Bogle Hegarty LLC||New York, NY||Jan 26, 2015||$125,000|
|Senior Content Producer||Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 01, 2015||$125,000|
|Interactive Content Producer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||May 05, 2016||$117,000 -
|Producer, Artistic Content||The Fred Rogers Company||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2014||$116,230|
|Executive Content Producer||B-Reel Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 06, 2016||$102,800|
|Interactive Content Producer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Oct 15, 2014||$102,000 -
|Senior Content Producer||Anomaly Partners LLC||New York, NY||Aug 15, 2016||$95,000|
|Senior Content Producer||Business Insider, Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 06, 2016||$88,000 -
|3D Content Producer||Roomored LLC||New York, NY||Jun 01, 2016||$85,275|
|3D Content Producer||Roomored LLC||New York, NY||May 20, 2015||$85,000|
|Senior Content Producer||Made By Legends Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 15, 2016||$83,480|
|Content Producer II (SR. News Editor)||Yahoo! Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 19, 2016||$77,147 -
|Content Producer||Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 28, 2015||$75,000|
|Assistant Content Producer||BBDO USA LLC||New York, NY||Sep 27, 2013||$70,000|
|Executive Video Content Producer||Peerspace, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 16, 2014||$66,602|
|Lead Commercial Content Producer||Lonely Planet Publications Inc.||Franklin, TN||Dec 01, 2013||$65,750|
|Lead Commercial Content Producer||Lonely Planet USA LLC||Franklin, TN||Jan 20, 2014||$65,750|
|Creative Content Producer||Content Originals Inc.||West Hollywood, CA||Jun 06, 2016||$63,482|
|Video Content Producer||Valence NYC Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 01, 2015||$62,610|
|Content Producer, Digital News||Nbcuniversal Media, LLC||CA||Sep 25, 2014||$60,000 -
|Content Producer||Yahoo! Inc.||Coral Gables, FL||Sep 17, 2014||$56,326 -
|Editorial Content Producer||Precision Global Consulting Inc.||Santa Monica, CA||May 24, 2010||$55,000|
|Associate Content Producer||Plus Productions LLC||Santa Monica, CA||Sep 16, 2016||$52,624 -
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