What does a television/film producer do?
Producers look after the business side of television, film, or video production. They organise people and resources involved in marketing and distribution in the tv and film industry. They work closely with directors and production staff to make sure everything runs smoothly, within budget, and on time. Day-to-day operations include:
- researching new ideas for projects
- discussing and agreeing projects with financial backers, and managing and monitoring budgets
- assessing scripts
- organising film shoots and schedules, and checking and approving locations
- recruiting support staff and technical teams, including the director and camera crew
- holding regular meetings to discuss characters and schemes involved in the project
- ensuring compliance, such as with health and safety and copyright laws
- negotiating marketing and distribution with TV broadcasters
What do I need to do to become a television/film producer?
There are no specific qualifications required, however a degree or HND in a media-related subject will really increase your chances of getting work. Alternatively, you can get into the industry by taking a broadcast production apprenticeship. You will need to get experience, develop a track record in the industry, and gain a detailed understanding of the technical processes involved in TV and film production, including camera, lighting, sound, and editing.
- GCSEs (A – C) or equivalent
- HND or A levels
- Degree, ideally media-related
- Creative industry apprenticeships in broadcast and post-production
- Creative portfolio
- Health and safety
- First aid
Where to find out more
Where could I be working?
You will be office-based if managing the administrative and financial management aspects of the job, but expect to be on location too, spending long and unsociable hours on set away from home. If you’re involved in outside broadcasts, be prepared for all weather conditions and locations, and irregular work patterns.