What does a television producer do?
Television producers (also called TV producers) are responsible for initiating, organizing, and managing all aspects and stages of production of live and taped television programs. They coordinate the whole production including the commercials breaks and complete run time of the program. They usually create an original show idea and supervise the production aspects such as hiring cast and crew, keeping within the designated budget, and completing the program. TV producers typically work closely with directors and collaborate with them about production. Some television producers take on executive roles and present new ideas to networks and others are involved with the day-to-day activities including screenwriting, casting, set design, and sometimes directing. Some TV producers also participate in the program as the star roles or supporting roles. In all television shows there are many different producers such as executive, co-executive, coordinating, supervising, consulting, segment, associate, and line producer.
What kind of training does a television producer need?
Most television producers have at least a bachelor degree in drama, journalism, media studies, communications, or other related field. TV producers usually complete courses in television production, television broadcasting, journalism, television writing, and communications. Most students complete internships at television studios while they are completing their education to gain practical experience. Many television producers begin their career at the technical level to gain experience and then eventually move up in the field. Most TV producers maintain a portfolio of all of their work experience in the television production field.
What are the prospects for a career as a television producer?
Employment of television producers is projected to grow about as fast as average for all professions, increasing 11% from 2006 to 2016 (1). The increasing production of television programs will drive job growth.
Job prospects are expected to be good with keen competition. Television producers with extensive experience and advanced education will have the best job opportunities.
How much do television producer make?
As of October 2009, television producers with 1 to 4 years experience earned average annual salaries between $30,812 and $52,736. Those with 5 to 9 years experience earned average annual salaries between $42,402 and $73,204 (2).
A career as a television producer is an excellent choice for people interested in creating television programs for a variety of audiences. TV producers must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and a strong understanding of the television production process. Advanced management skills, ability to manage several activities and projects at one time, and ability work as part of a team are essential qualities of television producers.