Producer  What They Do

Just the Facts


Plans and coordinates various aspects of radio, television, stage or motion picture production, such as selecting scripts, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Performing Arts pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Writes and edits news stories from information collected by reporters and other sources.
  • Coordinates the activities of writers, directors, managers and other personnel throughout the production process.
  • Researches production topics using the internet, video archives, and other informational sources.
  • Reviews film, recordings, or rehearsals to ensure conformance to production and broadcast standards.
  • Monitors post-production processes to ensure accurate completion of all details.
  • Conducts meetings with staff to discuss production progress and to ensure objectives are attained.
  • Performs administrative duties, such as preparing operational reports, distributing rehearsal call sheets and script copies, and arranging for rehearsal quarters.
  • Resolves personnel problems that arise during the production process by acting as liaison between dissenting parties when necessary.
  • Hires directors, principal cast members and key production staff members.
  • Arranges financing for productions.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Artistic Director -- Conceives, develops, and implements the artistic vision and focus of a theatre company.
  • Assignment Editor -- Monitors the stories that need coverage and the status of the station's staff in order to make each day's news coverage as successful as possible.
  • Movie Producer -- Controls the budget, schedule and staff during a movie's production.
  • Music Producer -- Oversees the development of songs by drawing together instrumental and vocal elements.
  • News Anchor -- Presenter of a news bulletin who is also a working journalist and news gatherer as well as a participant in compiling the script to be delivered in a news bulletin.