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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.
|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 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||A2Z Development Center, Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Mar 18, 2013||$140,000|
|Senior Producer||Saatchi & Saatchi North America, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 29, 2016||$140,000|
|SR. Producer||Turner Sports, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Sep 25, 2016||$124,000 -
|Senior Producer||Fusion Media Network, LLC||Oakland, CA||Jun 06, 2016||$120,000|
|Senior Producer||Fusion Media Network, LLC||New York, NY||Nov 23, 2016||$120,000|
|Senior Producer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Sep 15, 2013||$117,645|
|Senior Producer||Viacom International, Inc. (D/B/A Viacom Media Net||New York, NY||Jul 13, 2016||$116,200 -
|Senior Producer||Turner Sports, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Sep 24, 2013||$116,000 -
|Senior Producer||Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Sep 26, 2013||$116,000 -
|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 Outsourcing Producer||Storm8, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Jul 10, 2015||$100,000|
|Senior Producer||Click 3X LLC||New York, NY||Jun 16, 2016||$100,000|
|Senior Degital Producer||B-Reel Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 03, 2013||$100,000|
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