What does a Producer do?

Plan and coordinate various aspects of radio, television, stage, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.

Jobs Roles

  • Coordinate the activities of writers, directors, managers, and other personnel throughout the production process.
  • Monitor postproduction processes to ensure accurate completion of details.
  • Perform management activities such as budgeting, scheduling, planning, and marketing.
  • Determine production size, content, and budget, establishing details such as production schedules and management policies.
  • Compose and edit scripts or provide screenwriters with story outlines from which scripts can be written.
  • Conduct meetings with staff to discuss production progress and to ensure production objectives are attained.
  • Resolve personnel problems that arise during the production process by acting as liaisons between dissenting parties when necessary.
  • Produce shows for special occasions, such as holidays or testimonials.
  • Write and submit proposals to bid on contracts for projects.
  • Hire directors, principal cast members, and key production staff members.
  • Arrange financing for productions.
  • Select plays, scripts, books, or ideas to be produced.
  • Review film, recordings, or rehearsals to ensure conformance to production and broadcast standards.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as preparing operational reports, distributing rehearsal call sheets and script copies, and arranging for rehearsal quarters.
  • Obtain and distribute costumes, props, music, and studio equipment needed to complete productions.
  • Negotiate contracts with artistic personnel, often in accordance with collective bargaining agreements.
  • Maintain knowledge of minimum wages and working conditions established by unions or associations of actors and technicians.
  • Plan and coordinate the production of musical recordings, selecting music and directing performers.
  • Negotiate with parties, including independent producers and the distributors and broadcasters who will be handling completed productions.
  • Develop marketing plans for finished products, collaborating with sales associates to supervise product distribution.
  • Determine and direct the content of radio programming.
  • Obtain rights to scripts or to such items as existing video footage.
  • Write and edit news stories from information collected by reporters and other sources.
  • Research production topics using the internet, video archives, and other informational sources.
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