DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
27-2012 Producers and Directors
Occupational Description:Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.
|Geography||Employment||Emp SE*||Mean||Mean SE*||10th||25th||Median||75th||90th|
|*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.|
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|Employment||Median Wage||% Change -|
|Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists||110||$21.20/hr||N/A|
|Advertising Sales Agents||40||$22.09/hr||N/A|
|Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Set and Exhibit Designers||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Tasks for Producers and Directors
- Interprets stage-set diagrams to determine stage layout and supervises placement of equipment and scenery.
- Compiles cue words and phrases and cues announcers, cast members, and technicians during performances.
- Writes and compiles letters, memos, notes, scripts, and other program material, using computer.
- Reviews educational material to gather information for scripts.
- Cuts and edits film or tape to integrate component parts of film into desired sequence.
- Auditions and selects cast and technical staff.
- Approves equipment and elements required for production, such as scenery, lights, props, costumes, choreography, and music.
- Establishes pace of program and sequences of scenes according to time requirements and cast and set accessibility.
- Directs cast, crew, and technicians during production or recording and filming in studio or on location.
- Directs live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.
- Directs and coordinates activities of personnel engaged in broadcast news, sports, or programming.
- Monitors and reviews news and programming copy and film, using audio or video equipment.
- Establishes work schedules and hires, assigns, and evaluates staff.
- Writes news copy, notes, letters, and memos, using computer.
- Examines expenditures to ensure programming and broadcasting activities are within budget.
- Originates feature ideas and researches program topics for implementation.
- Evaluates length, content, and suitability of programs for broadcast.
- Coordinates activities between departments, such as news and programming.
- Confers with directors and production staff to discuss issues, such as production and casting problems, budget, policy, and news coverage.
- Directs setup of remote facilities and installs or cancels programs at remote stations.
- Reviews, corrects, and advises member stations concerning programs and schedules.
- Plans and schedules programming and event coverage based on length of broadcast and available station or network time.
- Auditions and interviews performers to identify most suitable talent for broadcasting, stage, or musical production.
- Maintains talent file, including information about personalities, such as specialties, past performances, and availability.
- Directs recording sessions for musical artists.
- Promotes record sales by personal appearances and contacts with broadcasting personalities.
- Negotiates contract agreements with performers.
- Selects performer or submits list of suitable performers to producer or director for final selection.
- Arranges for screen tests or auditions for new performers.
- Coordinates activities of radio or television studio and control-room personnel to ensure technical quality of programs.
- Coordinates elements of program, such as audio, camera, special effects, timing, and script, to ensure production objectives are met.
- Schedules use of studio and editing facilities for producers and engineering and maintenance staff.
- Directs personnel in auditioning talent and programs.
- Operates equipment to produce programs or broadcast live programs from remote locations.
- Trains workers in use of equipment, such as switcher, camera, monitor, microphones, and lights.
- Monitors broadcast to ensure that programs conform with station or network policies and regulations.
- Supervises and assigns duties to workers engaged in technical control and production of radio and television programs.
- Observes picture through monitor and directs camera and video staff concerning shading and composition.
- Coordinates various aspects of production, such as audio and camera work, music, timing, writing, and staging.
- Composes and edits script, or outlines story for screenwriter to write script.
- Establishes management policies, production schedules, and operating budgets for production.
- Times scene and calculates program timing.
- Distributes rehearsal call sheets and copies of script, arranges for rehearsal quarters, and contacts cast members to verify readiness for rehearsal.
- Represents network or company in negotiations with independent producers.
- Selects scenes from taped program to be used for promotional purposes.
- Reads manuscript and selects play for stage performance.
- Obtains and distributes costumes, props, music, and studio equipment to complete production.
- Produces shows for special occasions, such as holiday or testimonial.
- Selects and hires cast and staff members and arbitrates personnel disputes.
- Directs activities of one or more departments of motion picture studio and prepares rehearsal call sheets and reports of activities and operating costs.
- Reviews film, recordings, or rehearsals to ensure conformance to production and broadcast standards.
- Conducts meetings with staff to discuss production progress and to ensure production objectives are attained.
- Reads and rehearses cast to develop performance based on script interpretations.
- Confers with technical directors, managers, and writers to discuss details of production, such as photography, script, music, sets, and costumes.
- Coaches performers in acting techniques to develop and improve performance and image.