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.
- 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.