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Working As A Senior 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

  • $119,097

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Producer Career Paths

Senior Producer
Senior Project Manager Program Director Marketing Director
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Communications Manager Communications Director
Chief Communications Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Producer Director Production Manager Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Writer And Editor Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Terminal Manager Traffic Manager
Creative Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Producer/Project Manager Executive Producer Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Freelance Videographer/Editor Media Specialist Media Supervisor
Digital Media Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Product Manager Marketing Consultant Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Creative Director Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Product Manager Senior Manager Director Of Strategy
Director Of Digital Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Sales Manager General Sales Manager
Director Of New Media
5 Yearsyrs
Producer Director Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Content Manager Web Manager
Ecommerce Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Director Marketing Director Event Manager
Events Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Development Director Producer Freelance Producer
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Writer And Editor Video Editor
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Producer
Producer/Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Marketing Director
Senior Director Of Marketing
12 Yearsyrs
Production Director
Vice President Of Production
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Producer 4.0 years
Writer/Producer 3.5 years
Executive Producer 3.4 years
Broadcast Producer 3.3 years
Media Producer 3.0 years
Editor & Producer 2.9 years
Freelance Producer 2.8 years
Producer 2.6 years
Lead Producer 2.6 years
Line Producer 2.5 years
Online Producer 2.4 years
Field Producer 2.2 years
Associate Producer 1.8 years
Digital Producer 1.7 years
Assistant Producer 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Producer 24.3%
Internship 3.5%
Reporter 3.0%
Editor 3.0%
Director 2.4%
Writer 1.9%
Top Employers After
Producer 17.1%
Consultant 3.6%
Director 3.4%
Editor 3.3%

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Senior Producer Demographics

Gender

Male

58.6%

Female

39.7%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

8.6%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

French

20.0%

Italian

4.2%

Chinese

4.2%

Japanese

4.2%

Mandarin

3.3%

Carrier

3.3%

German

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Portuguese

2.5%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Dutch

1.7%

Russian

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Hindi

0.8%

Somali

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Malay

0.8%

Thai

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%
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Senior Producer Education

Schools

New York University

13.6%

Northwestern University

7.2%

Syracuse University

6.4%

Ithaca College

5.6%

University of Southern California

5.6%

University of Texas at Austin

5.3%

Boston University

5.3%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.7%

University of Miami

4.5%

University of California - Berkeley

4.2%

Michigan State University

4.2%

San Francisco State University

4.2%

American University

4.2%

Columbia College Chicago

3.9%

Fordham University

3.6%

Emerson College

3.6%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.6%

Columbia University

3.6%

Florida State University

3.3%

Towson University

3.3%
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Majors

Communication

22.1%

Journalism

15.8%

Photography

12.2%

Business

7.0%

English

5.3%

Digital Media

4.2%

Marketing

3.9%

Fine Arts

3.4%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

3.0%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Political Science

2.6%

Psychology

2.5%

Public Relations

2.2%

History

2.2%

Computer Science

2.0%

Computer Networking

2.0%

Theatre

1.7%

Advertising

1.7%

Music

1.7%

Management

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

60.9%

Masters

17.8%

Other

14.4%

Certificate

2.9%

Associate

2.4%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.7%
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Real Senior Producer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Senior Producer, CBS Evening News CBS News Inc. New York, NY Feb 10, 2016 $252,350
Staff Senior Producer, CBS Evening News CBS News Inc. New York, NY Oct 02, 2014 $225,000
Senior Producer Fresh Producer LLC New York, NY Feb 10, 2014 $187,830
Senior Managing Producer SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2015 $180,000
Senior Managing Producer SONY Interactive Entertainment America LLC Los Angeles, CA Nov 05, 2016 $180,000
Senior Managing Producer SONY Interactive Entertainment America LLC Los Angeles, CA May 05, 2016 $180,000
Senior Producer Microsoft Corporation Kirkland, WA Aug 05, 2014 $167,500
Senior Producer Beats Electronics LLC Santa Monica, CA Apr 21, 2014 $165,000
Senior Producer Beats Electronics LLC Culver City, CA Jun 30, 2014 $165,000
Senior Producer Infusiondev LLC New York, NY Aug 27, 2013 $160,000
Senior Producer Microsoft Corporation Kirkland, WA May 23, 2013 $146,366
Senior Producer R/Ga Media Group Inc. New York, NY Aug 24, 2014 $130,000 -
$150,000
Senior VFX Producer Framestore Inc. New York, NY Nov 07, 2013 $130,000
Senior Design Producer, Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 08, 2015 $130,000 -
$150,000
Senior Producer T&R Productions LLC Washington, DC Jan 08, 2016 $126,500
Senior Producer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 12, 2013 $125,000
Senior Producer R/Ga Media Group Inc. New York, NY Feb 12, 2013 $125,000 -
$145,000
SR. Producer Turner Sports, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 25, 2016 $124,000 -
$186,000
Senior Producer Fusion Media Network, LLC New York, NY Nov 23, 2016 $120,000
Senior Producer I Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Feb 08, 2013 $104,575
SR. Producer 360I, LLC New York, NY Feb 24, 2014 $102,149
Senior Producer Click 3X LLC New York, NY Jun 16, 2016 $100,000
Senior Outsourcing Producer Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 15, 2015 $100,000 -
$140,000
Senior Outsourcing Producer Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 10, 2015 $100,000

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  1. Video
  2. Web
  3. Audio
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  • Produced and distributed wide variety of video promotional materials designed to heighten viewer awareness of NBC sports and entertainment.
  • Produced interactive whiteboard activities and overall teacher website user experience.
  • Job responsibilities included overseeing all audio-visual production for the organization.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional partners to develop and refine marketing and creative strategy.
  • Conceptualized content for Business Development, including social Networking integration using Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, WordPress-based blogging sites.

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  2. New York
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Connecticut
  5. Georgia
  6. Maryland
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  8. Nevada
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