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Working As An Executive 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

  • $131,043

    Average Salary

What Does An Executive 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 Executive 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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Executive Producer Career Paths

Executive Producer
Creative Director Marketing Director
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Operations Director Communications Director
Chief Communications Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Senior Writer Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
9 Yearsyrs
News Director Managing Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Writer And Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Adjunct Instructor Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Social Media Manager Manager Of Digital Media
Digital Media Director
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer Marketing Consultant Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Consultant Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Senior Manager Director Of Strategy
Director Of Digital Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Business Manager General Sales Manager
Director Of New Media
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Marketing Specialist Event Manager
Events Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Director Recruiter Business Developer
Head Of Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
Program Director Writer And Editor Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Freelance Videographer/Editor Media Specialist Media Manager
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Development Director Producer
Producer/Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
News Director Morning Show Host Reporter
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Videographer/Editor Technical Director Production Director
Vice President Of Production
8 Yearsyrs
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Executive Producer Demographics

Gender

Male

60.7%

Female

37.5%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.3%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.2%

French

14.6%

Mandarin

5.3%

Italian

4.3%

Portuguese

3.6%

Chinese

3.6%

German

3.2%

Japanese

2.8%

Korean

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Russian

1.4%

Polish

1.1%

Hindi

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Catalan

0.7%

Cantonese

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%

Czech

0.7%

Hebrew

0.7%
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Executive Producer Education

Schools

New York University

12.1%

Syracuse University

7.0%

University of Southern California

7.0%

Emerson College

6.3%

Temple University

6.2%

Northwestern University

5.5%

Michigan State University

4.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.8%

Columbia College Chicago

4.6%

University of Texas at Austin

4.6%

Ithaca College

4.4%

American University

4.1%

Full Sail University

3.9%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.8%

University of Florida

3.8%

Boston University

3.8%

Quinnipiac University

3.4%

Florida State University

3.4%

Howard University

3.2%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.2%
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Majors

Communication

22.6%

Journalism

15.6%

Photography

13.0%

Business

7.6%

English

4.5%

Digital Media

4.0%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

3.5%

Marketing

3.4%

Political Science

3.3%

Theatre

3.0%

Fine Arts

2.2%

Psychology

2.1%

Entertainment Business

2.0%

Management

2.0%

Writing

2.0%

Public Relations

1.9%

Education

1.8%

Music

1.8%

History

1.8%

Computer Networking

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

57.3%

Other

18.3%

Masters

15.8%

Associate

3.1%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.1%
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Real Executive Producer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Executive Producer The Mill Group, Inc. New York, NY Nov 29, 2016 $215,000
Executive Producer Leftfield Entertainment LLC New York, NY Jul 28, 2014 $207,792
Executive Producer Electronic Arts Tiburon Orlando, FL Mar 28, 2011 $205,000
Executive Producer Awake Us, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 09, 2015 $200,000
Executive Producer & Strategist Awake Us Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 20, 2016 $200,000
Executive Producer, North America Brand New Media Us Inc. New York, NY Aug 29, 2011 $200,000
Executive Producer Awake Us, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 09, 2014 $200,000
Executive Producer Absolute Post, Inc. New York, NY Jan 16, 2012 $200,000
Executive Producer Squealrs LLC Palo Alto, CA Jul 01, 2012 $200,000
Executive Producer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 01, 2011 $195,000
Executive Producer Zynga, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 09, 2016 $195,000 -
$245,000
Executive Producer Fresh Producer LLC New York, NY Mar 03, 2014 $187,830
Executive Producer Fresh Producer LLC New York, NY Mar 03, 2014 $166,960
Executive Producer Fusion Media Network, LLC Los Angeles, CA Jun 07, 2016 $160,000
Executive Producer Fusion Media Network, LLC Oakland, CA May 07, 2016 $160,000
Executive Producer Zynga Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 17, 2011 $157,248 -
$190,000
Interactive Executive Producer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Dec 01, 2011 $155,000
Executive Producer R/Ga Media Group, Inc. New York, NY Dec 28, 2016 $155,000 -
$185,000
Executive Producer Visual Concepts, Inc. Novato, CA Sep 20, 2015 $153,878 -
$180,000
Executive Producer Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Novato, CA Sep 20, 2015 $153,878 -
$180,000
Executive Producer Mediamonks Inc. New York, NY Sep 05, 2013 $125,000
Deputy Executive Producer of International Catholi EWTN Global Catholic Network Washington, DC Mar 18, 2013 $125,000
Executive Producer, Digital Media Two Bulls LLC New York, NY Sep 19, 2016 $125,000 -
$135,000
Executive Producer, Digital Media Two Bulls LLC New York, NY Sep 10, 2014 $125,000
Executive Producer, U.S. Spinifex Group, Inc. New York, NY Sep 03, 2012 $120,000
Executive Producer Mediamonks Inc. New York, NY Sep 24, 2012 $120,000
Executive Producer of International Catholic News EWTN Global Catholic Network Washington, DC Dec 03, 2012 $120,000

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  • Oversee website development and social media engagement across multiple platforms.
  • Established and operate a full service post-production company and currently manage operations, coordinate employees and facilitate client relationships.
  • Curated and aggregated breaking news stories Produced television recaps/reviews and feature stories Promoted stories through social media
  • Coordinated strategically with NGC Press and Marketing teams for promotional needs for on-air, print and TCA content and panel participation.

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