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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

  • $80,340

    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
Communications Director Marketing Director
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Program Director Operations Director Communications Director
Chief Communications Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Communications Specialist Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Marketing Manager Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Coordinator Communications Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Production Director Program Director Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Marketing Manager Director Of Strategy
Director Of Digital Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Director General Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
News Director Managing Editor Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
8 Yearsyrs
Production Director Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer Management Consultant Product Manager
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Manager Account Executive
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Director Communications Director Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer President/Chief Executive Officer Business Developer
Marketing/Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Executive Sales Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Senior Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Marketing Consultant Marketing Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Producer Director 4.1 years
Senior Producer 3.7 years
Writer/Producer 3.6 years
Broadcast Producer 3.4 years
Executive Producer 3.0 years
Editor & Producer 3.0 years
Newscast Producer 2.9 years
Anchor/Producer 2.8 years
News Producer 2.8 years
Media Producer 2.8 years
Freelance Producer 2.7 years
Film Producer 2.7 years
Sports Producer 2.7 years
Producer 2.6 years
Video Producer 2.6 years
Lead Producer 2.6 years
Online Producer 2.4 years
Line Producer 2.3 years
Creative Producer 2.3 years
Field Producer 2.2 years
Content Producer 2.1 years
Associate Producer 1.8 years
Co-Producer 1.7 years
Assistant Producer 1.7 years
Digital Producer 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Producer 16.8%
Internship 7.0%
Director 4.4%
Reporter 4.1%
Editor 2.9%
Writer 2.6%
Server 2.6%
Consultant 2.4%
Top Employers After
Producer 12.6%
Consultant 5.0%
Director 4.9%
Owner 4.5%
President 4.4%
Internship 4.3%
Server 3.6%
Editor 3.1%

Executive Producer Demographics

Gender

Male

60.2%

Female

38.2%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

80.3%

Hispanic or Latino

10.3%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.2%

French

16.1%

Mandarin

5.0%

Italian

4.0%

Portuguese

4.0%

Chinese

3.7%

German

3.0%

Japanese

3.0%

Korean

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Russian

1.3%

Hebrew

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Catalan

0.7%

Cantonese

0.7%

Greek

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%
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Executive Producer Education

Schools

New York University

11.9%

University of Southern California

7.1%

Syracuse University

6.6%

Temple University

6.1%

Northwestern University

5.8%

Emerson College

5.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.9%

Ithaca College

4.6%

Columbia College Chicago

4.6%

University of Texas at Austin

4.6%

Michigan State University

4.4%

American University

4.4%

Full Sail University

4.1%

Boston University

4.1%

University of Florida

4.0%

Florida State University

3.8%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.5%

Quinnipiac University

3.3%

Loyola Marymount University

3.3%

Howard University

3.1%
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Majors

Communication

22.8%

Journalism

15.4%

Photography

12.9%

Business

7.5%

English

4.7%

Marketing

4.0%

Digital Media

3.7%

Political Science

3.1%

Theatre

3.0%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

3.0%

Fine Arts

2.4%

Management

2.3%

Psychology

2.1%

Entertainment Business

2.1%

Music

1.9%

History

1.9%

Writing

1.8%

Public Relations

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Computer Networking

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

57.8%

Other

18.3%

Masters

15.7%

Associate

2.8%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.2%
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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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Top Skills for An Executive Producer

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Top Executive Producer Skills

  1. Web Site
  2. Video Production
  3. Production Company
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created concepts for corporate web sites for clients.
  • Film and video production company with application to the advertising and television promotion industries in the regional and national arenas.
  • Started a production company and made Taste It: A Comedy About the Recession.
  • Budgeted, supervised and produced editorial and visual effects and animations for on-air promos, network graphics and commercial projects.
  • Supervised all audio for replay / best of shows.

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