What does a producer do?


There has always been a grey area when it comes to the role of a producer. Read on if you want to know more.


The role of the producer always causes a bit of confusion. When the Oscar for best picture is awarded, it is the producer who collects. At the end of every film when the credits roll up there is a list of producers, executive producers and line producers. Who are these producers and what do they do?

Producers are the movers and shakers. They play a major role in a film. A producer takes an idea from scratch and oversees the project from start to finish. And this is why they are hugely influential.

It all starts with a script, with which a producer develops with a writer and secures rights.

Once rights are secured, a producer has to pitch his product to a studio. This will guarantee the financing that the film needs. If this is secured it will be the producer’s job to ensure the project is delivered on time and on budget.

From there he hires a director, cast and crew. Some producers are hands-on with cast, while others will leave this to the director.

It’s the producer’s job to sell the film. He or she is in charge of arranging distribution rights.

He or she also coordinates post-production including editing, changing music, selecting edits, They have the last word. They can order scenes to be deleted and change music.
Such is the producer’s job that he delegates. Here is the chain of command.

  • Executive Producer
  • Co-executive Producer
  • Line Producer
  • Supervising Producer
  • Producer
  • Co-producer
  • Coordinating Producer
  • Consulting Producer
  • Associate Producer
  • Segment Producer
  • Field Producer
  • Edit Producer
  • Post Producer
Everton Gayle