Television Producer

The job of a television producer can be glamorous but it involves long hours and hard work. Producers play an extremely important role in television programming. They often introduce content ideas for television programs and once an idea is approved they oversee all aspects of the project from start to finish. They select individuals to conduct research for a program commission those who will write for it and they are responsible for hiring the cast. They often seek funding for projects and are held accountable for ensuring programs come in on budget. They work closely with directors and other staff involved in the production shoot they organize shooting schedules and they are the go-to people when problems crop up. They usually have some prior experience as directors and serve as a sounding board for issues the director wants to discuss. The website says that television producers usually have formal training at a college or university that offers this type of program. Also business courses in finance and communication are helpful. Television producers usually start out working in low-level jobs doing audio or camera work and then they move up to directing. Some are able to start their careers by raising money and successfully marketing a program idea to television management. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics producers earn a median annual salary well $60000. However the website says that while salaries may be as low as $40000 for inexperienced producers working on small shows experienced producers who put together deals for network shows can earn well over $150000 a year plus benefits. Ultimately salaries depend on experience program quality and program popularity. There is usually a requirement for television producers to be members of unions which determine minimum salaries.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $95000
High Salary: $150000
Low Salary: $40000
Tasks: Ensures that the production of a television program runs smoothly.
Oversees a television project from start to finish.
Hires and works with writers.
Controls the budget for a television show or series.
Also Called: Television Director
TV Producer
Broadcast Producer
Executive Producer
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