Film and Television Producers


Overview

Film and Television Producers

Introduction

Producers organize and secure the financial backing for the production of motion pictures and television shows. They decide which scripts will be used or which books will be adapted for film or a television show. Producers also raise money to finance the filming of a motion picture or television show; hire the director, screenwriter, and cast; oversee the budget and production schedule; and monitor the distribution of the film. Approximately 152,400 producers and directors are employed in the United States.

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Median Salary

$80,000

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma


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Experience

At least several years of experience making films and television


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

Creative

Earnings

Producers are generally paid a percentage of the project's profits or a fee negotiated between the producer and a studio. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, producers and directors had earnings that ranged from less than $34,450 to more than $163,540 in May 2018; the median annual salary was $71,680. In general, producers in the film industry earn more than television producers. Produce...

Work Environment

Producers have greater control over their working conditions than most other people in the motion picture and television industry. They may have the autonomy of choosing their own projects, setting their own hours, and delegating duties to others as necessary. The work often brings considerable personal satisfaction. But it is not without constraints. Producers must work within a stressful sche...

Outlook

Employment for producers and directors in the motion pictures and video industries is expected to grow faster than the average for all careers through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Demand is growing from both U.S. and foreign-based audiences for movie and video content, which will create a need for more producers.

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