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Working As An Editor & 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

  • $57,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Editor & 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 Editor & 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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Editor & Producer Career Paths

Editor & Producer
Video Editor Owner Marketing Director
Senior Director Of Marketing
12 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Owner Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Producer Production Manager
Vice President Of Production
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Producer Project Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Producer Production Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Producer Production Manager Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Marketing Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Content Manager
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Owner Creative Director
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Marketing Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Senior Copywriter Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Manager Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Director Director Of Strategy
Director Of Digital Strategy
10 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Construction Manager Design Manager
Creative Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Video Producer Social Media Manager Manager Of Digital Media
Digital Media Director
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Co-Founder Digital Marketing Manager
Digital Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Content Producer Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Instructional Designer Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Content Producer Senior Writer
Bureau Chief
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Producer 4.0 years
Producer Director 3.9 years
Writer/Producer 3.7 years
Executive Producer 3.5 years
Freelance Producer 3.1 years
Editor & Producer 3.0 years
Media Producer 3.0 years
Video Producer 2.8 years
Lead Editor 2.6 years
Video Editor 2.6 years
Co-Producer 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Editor & Producer
Editor 14.7%
Internship 8.1%
Producer 6.5%
Director 3.2%
Top Careers After Editor & Producer
Editor 15.3%
Producer 7.8%
Internship 3.8%
Director 3.3%
Owner 3.2%

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Editor & Producer Demographics

Gender

Male

66.1%

Female

23.5%

Unknown

10.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.3%

Hispanic or Latino

19.2%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.3%

French

8.9%

Portuguese

5.8%

German

5.3%

Italian

4.2%

Japanese

4.2%

Mandarin

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Russian

1.6%

Hebrew

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Dutch

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Swahili

0.5%

Somali

0.5%

Bosnian

0.5%

Malay

0.5%

Catalan

0.5%

Armenian

0.5%
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Editor & Producer Education

Schools

Full Sail University

9.9%

Academy of Art University

8.7%

New York University

8.7%

Columbia College Chicago

8.0%

Emerson College

5.6%

Syracuse University

4.8%

University of Texas at Austin

4.8%

Temple University

4.6%

Savannah College of Art and Design

4.6%

University of Southern California

4.3%

Florida State University

4.2%

School of Visual Arts

3.8%

San Francisco State University

3.8%

American University

3.7%

Ithaca College

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

Ohio University -

3.4%

Georgia State University

3.4%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.4%

New York Film Academy

3.2%
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Majors

Photography

28.1%

Communication

21.5%

Journalism

10.4%

Digital Media

7.6%

Fine Arts

3.9%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

3.7%

Entertainment Business

3.1%

Business

2.9%

English

2.4%

Computer Networking

2.2%

Graphic Design

2.0%

Writing

1.8%

Theatre

1.6%

Music

1.6%

Public Relations

1.4%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Political Science

1.2%

Electrical Engineering

1.2%

Education

1.1%

Marketing

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

61.5%

Masters

15.0%

Other

13.6%

Associate

5.8%

Certificate

2.8%

Doctorate

0.6%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does an Editor & Producer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Editor & Producer in the United States is $57,219 per year or $28 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $32,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $101,000.

Real Editor & Producer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Producer/Editor Jamestown Associates, LLC Princeton, NJ Mar 15, 2012 $84,000
Producer/Editor Blue State Digital Inc. New York, NY Jul 01, 2013 $82,000
Localization Producer/Editor (Korea) Trion Worlds, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jan 25, 2013 $71,552 -
$96,876
Reporter/Producer/Editor Sportie La Los Angeles, CA Oct 13, 2014 $62,610
Editor/Producer Cable News Network, Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 18, 2010 $59,400 -
$82,400
Editor, Publisher and Producer La VOZ de Venezuela LLC Miami, FL May 01, 2010 $59,000
Editor, Publisher and Producer International Professional Research and Educationa Miami, FL Aug 16, 2010 $59,000
Editor, Publisher and Producer International Professional Research and Educationa Miami, FL Aug 30, 2010 $59,000
Media Editor/Producer Global Communication Group Inc. Rosemead, CA Sep 10, 2010 $56,579
Producer and/or Editor Spygirl Productions, LLC Seattle, WA Nov 01, 2009 $52,175 -
$43
Producer/Editor Digitrove, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2009 $49,379 -
$52,000
Editor/Producer Intercom Ventures, LLC Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2015 $48,000
Editor/Producer Intercom Ventures, LLC Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2012 $48,000

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Top Skills for An Editor & Producer

  1. Company Website
  2. Video Production
  3. Final Cut Pro
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  • Optimized the company website and the main company presence on social media to boost traffic to the site.
  • Script Supervisor, ensuring continuity within a video production.
  • Demonstrated familiarity and expertise through extensive use of Final Cut Pro Studio
  • Created graphics and animations with Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, Flash and Cinema 4D.
  • Developed editorial content for various online channels, including Travel/Ages/Lifestyles and Politics.

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