What does a producer do, exactly? More to the point, why are there so many different types of producers in film, TV, and video production? Do you know the difference between a producer versus an executive producer? How about a co-producer, associate producer, or TV producer? Some of the distinctions won’t be cut-and-dry, but understanding who’s usually in charge of what is crucial for any TV and film professional. Here, we give you a complete guide to all types of producers and what they do. Let’s get started.
1. WHAT IS A PRODUCER
It all starts with the producer
A producer is an individual who aids in the development, planning, execution, and marketing of a feature film.
film Producer Definition
What is a film producer?
A film producer is a person that initiates, coordinates, supervises and manages the creation and production of movies, television shows, web series, and commercial videos, amongst other productions. A producer may be a self-employed contractor, or subject to the authority of an employer such as a production company or studio. They are involved throughout all phases of production from inception to completion, including coordination, supervision, and control of finances, talent, crafts.
In the modern era where "everyone is a publisher," job opportunities for producers are growing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of producers and directors will increase 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the national average for all occupations.
Bottom line: A producer is anyone who brings the project to fruition and is often the person that holds the rights to the underlying property.
Producer job description and duties:
- Purchase and develop projects. If applicable, producers secure the rights to projects.
- Hire and manage key team members, including writers, directors, managers, talent, heads of department, key crew, staff, and other personnel.
- Set a budget, and secure funds for the project, often through investors, personal funds or a studio.
- After funding, producers oversee the project to ensure it stays within budget.
- Build a schedule using production management software to set the production schedule.
- Oversee post-production from editing, through music composition and picture lock.
- Market the project and generate buzz for the project by working with a PR team.
What is the role of a producer on a production? A true producer works with the project from the idea stage to the DVD shelf (or streaming queue). From the script draft on the laptop screen at a coffee shop to the wide screen of the theater and beyond. A good producer is with the project from before the cradle to long after the grave.