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Working As A Sports 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

  • $73,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Sports 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 Sports 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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Top Skills for A Sports Producer

  1. News Stories
  2. Video Highlights
  3. On-Air
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated Game Highlights, Feature Packages, and News Stories of the Day.
  • Maintained the everyday studio productions for nationwide affiliate stations which include scheduling the everyday events for the on-air operation.
  • Managed a nine-person sports department.
  • Operated all major studio equipment including teleprompter, audio board, cameras, graphics machine and video playback machine.
  • Assisted in production of the first ever NFL Live Stream simulcast.

Sports Producer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.6%

Female

13.5%

Unknown

6.9%
Ethnicity

White

63.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

Chinese

10.0%

German

10.0%

French

10.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

Finnish

5.0%

Cantonese

5.0%

Arabic

5.0%

Italian

5.0%
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Sports Producer Education

Schools

Arizona State University

10.0%

Syracuse University

9.1%

University of Missouri - Columbia

7.3%

Florida State University

5.5%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

5.5%

Florida International University

5.5%

Northwestern University

5.5%

University of Washington

4.5%

University of Kentucky

4.5%

Michigan State University

4.5%

University of Iowa

4.5%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.5%

University of Florida

3.6%

University of South Florida

3.6%

Boston University

3.6%

Marist College

3.6%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

University of Houston

3.6%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.6%
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Majors

Journalism

31.2%

Communication

29.3%

Digital Media

5.2%

Photography

4.5%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

3.8%

Business

3.3%

Political Science

2.4%

Computer Networking

2.4%

Kinesiology

2.4%

Agricultural Public Services

2.1%

English

2.1%

Journalism And Mass Communications

2.1%

Marketing

1.9%

Public Relations

1.7%

Management

1.4%

History

1.2%

Economics

0.9%

Sociology

0.7%

Information Sciences

0.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

71.2%

Other

13.2%

Masters

11.4%

Associate

1.8%

Certificate

1.4%

Diploma

0.6%

Doctorate

0.4%
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