Executive Producer: Job Description, Duties and Requirements

Executive producers require no formal education. Learn about the desired skills, job duties, and requirements to see if this is the right career for you. View article »

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  • 0:01 Essential Information
  • 0:39 Job Description
  • 1:24 Duties
  • 1:58 Education Requirements

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Essential Information

Degree Level Varies; bachelor's degree common
Degree Field(s) Film, journalism, music production, communication, or related field
Licensure/Certification None
Experience Industry experience is vital
Key Skills Delegation, multi-tasking, communication, organization, negotiation, and planning skills; basic business and market skills a plus
Job Outlook (2014-2024)* 9% growth (for producers and directors)
Median Annual Salary (2016)** $97,225

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **PayScale.com

An executive producer (EP) is in charge of hiring for, managing, and organizing a movie, television, radio, music, or stage production. Job duties include securing funding, maintaining a schedule, and managing cast and crew. Education requirements vary, although a bachelor's degree in film or journalism may be helpful.

Executive producers usually work their way up through a production company or start their own. Because it is a relatively high-level career, EPs must demonstrate an affinity for delegating tasks and ability to multi-task.

Job Description

An executive producer is the head producer who oversees the creation of a film, television| show, radio broadcast, music album, or theater performance. An executive producer usually works for a production company, but may work independently. Job locations can vary from inside a studio or theater to exotic filming locations.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that producers and directors held about 104,650 jobs in 2015, with a projected employment growth of 9% between 2014 and 2024. Executive producers made a median salary of $97,225 as reported in January 2016 by Payscale.com.

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An executive producer is responsible for seeing a production through from beginning to end. A producer is in charge of various administrative aspects, including hiring and overseeing cast and crew, writing and editing content, maintaining a budget, and creating work schedules.

Executive producers work on the business side of production. They ensure that a production meets goals such as helping a television station remain competitive, projecting the intended brand image of a company, and introducing new concepts or ideas. A producer must also understand and work within union regulations.

Education Requirements

There are no specific education requirements for an executive producer. Many executive producers advance into the position after working within the industry. A bachelor's degree in film, music management, or journalism may provide an aspiring executive producer with a helpful background.

A bachelor's degree program in film-making covers technical aspects of production including screenwriting, audio and digital video recording, and editing. Students also learn about the industry, marketing, and administrative aspects of producing.

A music management degree can help a would-be record producer learn about the latest technology in recording. Classes might also cover aspects of contract negotiation, marketing through radio broadcasts, and concert promotion techniques useful to executive producers.

A bachelor's degree program in journalism provides a student with skills that are useful for producing, including effective writing, editing, reporting, and communications. Journalism coursework might also cover related topics such as advertising, public relations, and broadcasting.

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