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Working As a Line 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

  • $53,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Line 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 A Line 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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Line Producer Career Paths

Line Producer
Producer Executive Producer
Senior Producer
7 Yearsyrs
Producer Production Manager
Production Director
5 Yearsyrs
Producer Production Manager Owner
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Consultant Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Production Manager Creative Director
Senior Creative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Producer Producer Director Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Producer Production Director
Vice President Of Production
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Producer Production Director Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Consultant Communications Consultant
Senior Editor
5 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Writer/Producer Senior Writer Senior Editor
Bureau Chief
7 Yearsyrs
Writer/Producer Author Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Writer/Producer Managing Editor Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Field Producer Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Field Producer Editor Senior Copywriter
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Field Producer Editor Social Media Manager
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Shipping Supervisor Traffic Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Assistant Production Manager Traffic Manager
Creative Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Editor & Producer Social Media Manager Manager Of Digital Media
Digital Media Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$53,000
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$29,000
Min 10%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
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$97,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Activision Blizzard
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Line Producer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Line Producer in the United States is $53,437 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $97,000.

Real Line Producer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Line Producer Cramer-Krasselt Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2012 $260,875
Line Producer/Business Development Bend Reality, LLC San Francisco, CA Jul 09, 2016 $115,000 -
$130,000
Sports Broadcast Line Producer Nextvr Inc. Laguna Beach, CA Aug 22, 2016 $111,200 -
$140,000
Line Producer Cramer-Krasselt Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2012 $104,350
Line Producer Pixomondo LLC Santa Monica, CA Sep 17, 2015 $98,000 -
$150,000
Line Producer Tarmac Road, LLC Los Angeles, CA Jun 04, 2012 $91,306
Line Producer Zhong Want TV Inc. El Monte, CA Oct 09, 2016 $52,801
Line Producer Kindom for Jesus Corporation Industry, CA Sep 18, 2015 $52,175
Line Producer Belladonna Productions, Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2014 $51,344

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Top Skills for A Line Producer

  1. Production Company
  2. Video Production
  3. Feature Film
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided production continuity to production company for program series.
  • Execute scripts with little to no direction for busy corporate clients with little experience in video production.
  • Produced and co-wrote Booger Red, a hybrid doc/narrative feature film set in East Texas.
  • Partnered with directors and advertising creatives to bring their concepts for television commercials to life.
  • Manage current and future production schedules and maintain budgets for all projects.

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  2. California
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Utah
  5. Connecticut
  6. Missouri
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Line Producer Demographics

Gender

Female

44.5%

Male

44.0%

Unknown

11.5%
Ethnicity

White

59.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.3%

French

14.5%

Chinese

7.9%

Japanese

7.9%

Russian

7.9%

Mandarin

6.6%

Cantonese

5.3%

Portuguese

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Italian

2.6%

Kashmiri

1.3%

Ukrainian

1.3%

German

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Kannada

1.3%

Dari

1.3%

Hindi

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%

Thai

1.3%
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Line Producer Education

Schools

New York University

13.5%

Columbia College Chicago

9.7%

Temple University

7.7%

Syracuse University

6.5%

University of Southern California

6.5%

New York Film Academy

5.2%

Northwestern University

5.2%

Full Sail University

5.2%

Columbia University

4.5%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.9%

Kent State University

3.9%

California State University - Northridge

3.9%

Villanova University

3.2%

Wayne State University

3.2%

School of Visual Arts

3.2%

University of Washington

3.2%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.2%

University of Miami

3.2%

University of Wisconsin Extension

2.6%

Los Angeles Film School - Hollywood

2.6%
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Majors

Photography

23.5%

Communication

16.7%

Business

10.1%

Journalism

9.1%

English

3.8%

Fine Arts

3.4%

Theatre

3.4%

Digital Media

3.3%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

3.1%

Entertainment Business

2.6%

Management

2.6%

Political Science

2.6%

Finance

2.6%

Insurance

2.4%

History

2.2%

Psychology

2.1%

Sociology

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%

Writing

1.5%

Accounting

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

58.6%

Masters

16.1%

Other

15.7%

Associate

4.3%

Certificate

3.5%

License

0.8%

Diploma

0.5%

Doctorate

0.4%
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