One of the most interesting parts of my job is explaining what we do in the Film, Television and Mulitmedia industry.
Over the next few weeks I will breakdown what a person does and how they effect the project.
Producer – Executive, Associate, Co-Producer, Segment, Coordinating and Line.
On the majority of my projects the Producer is the person that oversees the entire project from the creative vision to crew options, travel needs and post production. A lot of the time the Producer is also the Director. They will work with everyone on the team and normally has the final say in how the project is run to meet the needs of the client and stay on budget.
Here is a further breakdown of the different types of Producers and you will see that the size of the project will dictate what Producers are required.
Executive Producer is the person who oversees a TV or Film Project either on behalf of themselves, a studio or broadcaster. Sometimes in TV you will find this person is also the creator or writer for the show.
An Associate Producer is brought on to lighten the workload of a Producer by performing specific tasks set out by the Producer with the Producer having final say.
Co-Producers are two or more people who share the producing duties equally with the same goal in the end.
The Supervising Producer oversees the work of the other producers on a single or multiple projects at one time and they report directly to the Executive Producer who gives them direction.
A Segment Producer will look after one or more segments in a project that has a number of segments. If you watch a news show with a number of segments then odds are there will be a different producer for each segment. And those people may or may not be back the following week with new content.
The Coordinating Producer will oversee the work of two or more producers who are working independently but where the final product must look the same. If we go back to the news example then this person would oversee the Segment Producers to make sure their content fit the look of the show.
Line Producers are the people who oversee the spending of the budget for a movie or TV show. They usually don’t affect the creative on the show, they just make sure the show gets what it needs while staying on budget.
I always watch who the producers are on a movie and a lot of times you will see one of the lead actors in that role. It shows they are committed financially to the project as well.