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Working As A 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

  • $58,000

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 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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Producer Career Paths

Producer
Production Manager Owner Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Quality Manager Production Manager
Vice President Of Production
8 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Director Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Artist Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Technical Writer Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Senior Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Consultant Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Writer/Producer Senior Writer Senior Editor
Bureau Chief
7 Yearsyrs
Artist Editor Senior Copywriter
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Terminal Manager Traffic Manager
Creative Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Marketing Manager Digital Marketing Manager
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Partner Senior Partner Associate Media Director
Digital Media Director
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Director Director Of Strategy
Director Of Digital Strategy
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Communications Manager Social Media Manager
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Web Manager
Ecommerce Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Social Media Manager Digital Marketing Manager
Digital Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Producer Demographics

Gender

Male

51.2%

Female

38.1%

Unknown

10.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

17.0%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.5%

French

14.0%

German

4.7%

Portuguese

4.3%

Italian

4.1%

Mandarin

3.4%

Japanese

3.1%

Chinese

2.8%

Arabic

2.8%

Russian

2.4%

Korean

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Hindi

1.0%

Hebrew

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Dutch

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.6%

Urdu

0.6%

Turkish

0.5%
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Producer Education

Schools

New York University

13.1%

Syracuse University

6.7%

University of Southern California

6.7%

Full Sail University

6.3%

Columbia College Chicago

5.9%

Emerson College

5.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.5%

Temple University

5.2%

University of Texas at Austin

5.0%

San Francisco State University

4.4%

American University

4.0%

Boston University

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

Florida State University

3.8%

Northwestern University

3.5%

Columbia University

3.5%

University of Florida

3.3%

University of Washington

3.2%

Michigan State University

3.2%

Arizona State University

3.2%
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Majors

Communication

21.5%

Photography

15.4%

Journalism

14.6%

Business

8.0%

English

4.0%

Digital Media

3.7%

Marketing

3.4%

Fine Arts

3.3%

Graphic Design

3.0%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

2.9%

Political Science

2.5%

Theatre

2.5%

Psychology

2.4%

Entertainment Business

2.1%

Music

2.1%

Public Relations

2.1%

Writing

1.8%

Computer Networking

1.7%

Agricultural Public Services

1.5%

History

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

60.2%

Other

15.5%

Masters

14.7%

Associate

4.6%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.3%
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How much does a Producer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Producer in the United States is $58,598 per year or $28 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $108,000.

Real Producer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
General Producer Overseas Media, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $240,000
Producer Den of Thieves, LLC Los Angeles, CA Dec 27, 2015 $200,000
Producer Apple Inc. Culver City, CA Oct 09, 2016 $187,000 -
$207,000
Producer Apple Inc. Culver City, CA Sep 21, 2016 $172,000 -
$192,000
Producer 5 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 28, 2015 $154,107 -
$229,300
Intergrated Producer, Marketing-Europe Netflix, Inc. Beverly Hills, CA Jul 10, 2015 $150,000
Integrated Producer, Marketing-Europe Netflix, Inc. Beverly Hills, CA Jul 11, 2015 $150,000
Localization Producer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 01, 2016 $145,000 -
$183,500
Producer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 06, 2016 $138,944 -
$151,300
Producer Playroom Productions Inc. Hermosa Beach, CA Mar 01, 2015 $135,655
Producer Airbnb, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 16, 2015 $135,000
Producer Bureau Betak Inc. New York, NY Jan 20, 2015 $130,000
VFX Producer Deluxe Media Creative Services Inc. Santa Monica, CA May 01, 2015 $130,000 -
$140,000
Producer Bureau Betak Inc. New York, NY Jan 05, 2015 $130,000
Producer Activision Publishing, Inc. Albany, NY Aug 13, 2016 $87,200
Producer The Weinstein Company New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $85,000
Integrated Producer Sid Lee USA Inc. New York, NY Sep 23, 2016 $85,000
Segment Producer Yoh Services, LLC New York, NY Oct 03, 2016 $85,000
Producer Playtika Santa Monica, LLC Santa Monica, CA Sep 15, 2016 $85,000 -
$95,000
Producer Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Inc. Santa Monica, CA May 25, 2015 $85,000 -
$95,000
Producer E-Line Ventures, LLC Tempe, AZ Jun 03, 2015 $85,000
Game Producer Schell Games, LLC Pittsburgh, PA Sep 20, 2016 $64,126
OAP Producer Discovery Latin America, LLC Miami, FL Aug 22, 2015 $64,000 -
$74,000
Producer Cisneros Studios LLC Medley, FL Jul 15, 2016 $63,710
Producer One & Nine Productions Inc. CA Jan 08, 2016 $62,610
Producer Swoop Films LLC Otisville, NY May 15, 2016 $62,610
Producer 32K Productions LLC San Francisco, CA Aug 31, 2016 $62,610
Producer Capitalhaich Photographic Production LLC New York, NY Oct 28, 2016 $62,610

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Top Skills for A Producer

  1. Video Production
  2. Web Application
  3. News Stories
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  • Participated in a wide range of Audio-Visual Entertainment Post-Production activities and duties for an independent video production firm.
  • Worked with Art Department and Marketing on each event to design attendee experience in Flash web application.
  • Research clips, news stories, current products via internet and DVD, and pitch weekly to writers and producers
  • Managed and developed relationships with senior network and production company executives to incorporate notes and ensure quality and broadcast standards.
  • Collaborate with company business units to create promotions and coordinate on-air advertising.

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Top 10 Best States for Producers

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  5. Florida
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