Career outlook for TV or film producer
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would look after the business side of TV or film productions. It would be your job to help to bring together all the different things and people needed to bring a director's vision to life on the screen.
- Decide which projects to produce, or come up with ideas yourself
- Read scripts
- Secure the rights for books or screenplays, or get writers to produce new screenplays
- Pitch to television broadcasters to commission your programme
- Find sources of film funding and pitch projects to investors
- Decide what resources will be needed
- Plan the schedule
- Hire technical resources and support services
- Hire key production staff and crew, and help cast performers
- Edit scripts
- Manage cash flow
- Make sure that the entire production stays on schedule and within budget
- Take overall responsibility for the quality of the production
On feature film and large-scale TV productions, you would be part of a team of producers and may be responsible for just some of these duties. On a smaller production such as a documentary, you would often do all of these tasks and may also direct the project.
This is a very high pressure job that requires a creative flair as well as good business sense.
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