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Encyclopedia > Television producer

The primary role of a television producer is to coordinate and control all aspects of production, ranging from show idea development and cast hiring to shoot supervision and fact-checking. It is often the producer who is responsible for the show's overall quality and survivability, though the roles depend on the particular show or organization.

Some producers take more of an executive role, in that they conceive new programs and pitch them to the networks, but upon acceptance they focus on business matters, such as budgets and contracts. Other producers are more involved with the day-to-day workings, participating in activities such as screenwriting, set design, casting, and even directing.


Producer credits

Different types of producers in the industry today include (in order of seniority):

  • Executive producer (usually at least one but not necessarily every executive producer is in charge of production, or the show runner)
  • Co-executive producer (second in seniority to executive producer)
  • Supervising producer (supervises other producers)
  • Coordinating producer (coordinates two or more producers)
  • Producer (see Writer as "Producer" below)
  • Co-producer (works with other producers)
  • Consulting producer (assists writers, sometimes specializing in a particular subject)
  • Associate producer (runs day-to-day operations)
  • Segment producer (handles one segment of a program)
  • Line producer (handles a practical aspect, rather than creative content)
  • Production assistant

In live or "as-live" television, an executive producer seldom has any operational control of the show. His/her job is to stand back from the operational aspects and judge the show as an ordinary viewer might. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Show runner (alternatively showrunner,[1] or show-runner)[2] is a term used in the United States television industry referring to the person who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of a television series, in other words, the person who runs the show. ... A Line Producer is a key member of the production team for a motion picture. ...

In film or videotape productions, the executive producer is almost always given an opportunity to comment on a rough cut but the amount of attention paid to his/her comments is highly dependent on the overall personnel structure of the production. Rough Cut (1980). ...

Writer as "Producer"

Under the guidelines of the Writers Guild of America, script writers in television also tend to be credited as "producers," even though they may not engage in the responsibilities generally associated with that title. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is the collective bargaining representative, or labor union, for writers in the motion picture and television industries in the United States. ...

On-screen, a "producer" credit for a TV series will generally be given to each member of the writing staff who made a demonstrable contribution to the final script. The actual producer of the show (in the traditional sense) is listed under the credit "Produced by."

Star as "Producer"

Sometimes the star of a successful series can have a degree of influence over the creative process. For example, besides his leading role as Jack Bauer in 24, Kiefer Sutherland was credited as producer during the show's second season, then rising to co-executive producer for seasons 3–5, and finally executive producer from season 6 onwards. }} Jack Bauer is the fictional protagonist of the American television series 24, in which he has trained and worked in various capacities as a government agent, including US Army Delta Force, LAPD SWAT, and finally the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) Los Angeles. ... For other uses, see 24 (disambiguation). ... Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born December 21, 1966) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning television and film actor, well known for his lead role of Jack Bauer on the television series 24. ...

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See also

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A Line Producer is a key member of the production team for a motion picture. ... Show runner (alternatively showrunner,[1] or show-runner)[2] is a term used in the United States television industry referring to the person who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of a television series, in other words, the person who runs the show. ... Producers Guild of America (PGA) is a trade organization representing the television and film producers in the United States. ...

External link

  • Producers Guild of America Frequently Asked Questions

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