A Day in the Life
Executive Producer Live Breakfast News
What you do: The range of the job?
The traditional role of the Executive Producer is to supervise the work of the Producer on behalf of the studio, the financiers or the distributors, and to ensure that the film is completed on time, and within budget, to agreed artistic and technical standards. The term often applies to a producer who has raised a significant proportion of a film's finance, or who has secured the underlying rights to the project. Typically, Executive Producers are not involved in the technical aspects of the filmmaking process, but have played a crucial financial or creative role in ensuring that the project goes into production. Job involves managing the production team and getting the programme out, live, on the air. The morning starts with an editorial meeting at 3.30 am. Get a briefing update from Producer of the day: Which stories should be running in the programme? What order should the stories be in? What Pictures have we got to run? So lots of decisions to make & swiftly. Oversee the producers who put the programme together with scripts and edit the picture packages to make up the content of the programme. Brief the presenters. Go into the production gallery Decide on the lengths of live interviews As the interviews over-run or under-run, you will need to re-jig the programme's live running order to bring us back on time - so we get what we want on air! Behind the scenes is more fun. Making most of the decisions - what stories are you going to cover? What angle are we going to take on these stories?
Qualities: What you need to be able to do the job?
Executive Producers must be consummate negotiators. They need a keen business sense, and an intimate knowledge of all aspects of film production, financing and distribution. They are usually very well connected both within the industry and with investors and investment groups. They should have a strong sense of the market for films, and of the developing trends in production and audience tastes. When packaging a project, they must have a keen understanding of which packages will earn more than they cost. You will need to be decisive, clear in your communications and instructions to people. Quick about those decisions. Formal Journalism Qualifications are pretty essential.
Career path: How you start and where you can go with it?
Researcher to Producer to Executive Producer Executive Producers may be well established Producers, who are able to strengthen a production package and attract money to the project. Alternatively, they may have a more specialised background, as a Distributor, Sales Agent or financier, and possess specific skills or contacts that make them critical to the success of the film.
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