A television producer is typically not a position you land right out of our program. Usually, it is something you need to work up to. As a student with Miami Media School you’ll receive hands-on technical training, and real world internship opportunities making it possible to land a job as a producer on several small projects as you work toward your goal of working in the entertainment and television business. So, whether you are looking at starting your education in television and radio production, or you are just interested in learning more about television production in general, there are many types television producers and a TV producer needs to wear many hats.
There are many different kinds of television producers. In fact, if you watch the credits of a television show, you are going to see at least a half dozen (or more) producers listed on the show. There are different reasons why someone might be listed as a producer. Some actors may not sign on with the show unless they are listed as a producer, while others work with the studio and oversee production. In general, a producer is going to supervise, control, and coordinate the entire production, along with a handful of additional staff. They basically have the veto stamp for anything that they want to remove and they help finance projects as well. Different producers are more hands-on than others, but the producer works with casting directors, scout supervisors and everyone else involved in order to build a television show or project. The producer is also going to be around more often during the beginning of a production to make sure it gets off on the right foot. From there, after the show is established, they might only stop by from time to time, as most producers work multiple projects.
Television Executive Producer
This is the first name that comes up in the credits of a television show. Basically, this is the person who pays for the production. It may be an executive inside the television studio, or it may just be a wealthy individual who feels passionate about making sure a specific project is completed. The executive producer of a television show may be the writer or creator of the show, while the station or studio pays for production. Usually though, it is the executive producer who oversees all producers on a project and is able to adjust just about anything before, during, and after the shoot.
Television Associate Producer
This is similar to the position of a vice president of a business. An associate producer will assume some of the tasks of a typical producer, as often the producer will have a lot on their plate and might not be able to do everything. The producer may not be able to be on set at all times, but the associate producer may remain, and act as a proxy for the producer and to keep them informed of everything that is going on with the production. This person can implement executive decisions that are handed down by the producer and they are generally always in direct contact with the producer.
A co-producer position is created when there are two heads of one production. Often times, one producer is going to be in charge of some aspects, while the other producer is in charge of other aspects. For example, one might be in charge of financing, while the other is in charge of talent and working on set. They each share a similar goal, but each performs different tasks. Sometimes one producer may be more talented at recruiting high end performers while the other may be better gathering financing. Together, the two are co-producers.
Television Segment Producer
A segment producer produces one specific segment of a television show. Segment Producers are often used in specialty news shows where there are several different stories put together to make up the full show (such as Dateline, 60 Minutes or other similar shows). Each segment has a different flow and requires different attention to detail. The segment producer works on their individual segment while the show’s actual producer makes sure the entire production is assembled and arranged in order of importance.
Television Line Producer
A line producer is usually more in tow with movie productions, but, depending on the show type, a line producer may be necessary. The line producer usually works with a specific physical element of the show. One might work with the special effects department while another might work with sound and audio effects. The line producers are going to report back to the producer or associate producers.