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Executive Producer (aka Executive in Charge of Production)

Personality type:

The lowdown

  • Supervising the Producer on behalf of the studio, financiers or distributors
  • Making sure the film is completed on time, and on budget
  • Raising finances for a film and securing rights

Is this role right for me?

To do this role, you will need to:

  • Have excellent negotiating skills
  • Have a keen business sense
  • Have good experience of all aspects of film production, financing and distribution
  • Have good contacts in the industry
  • Have good contacts with investors and investment groups.
  • Understand the film market
  • Understand developing trends in production
  • Understand audience trends

What does an Executive Producer do?

Executive Producers are not involved in the technical aspects of the filmmaking process. Usually they have a financial or creative role in making sure that the project goes into production.

There may be several Executive Producers on a film with different responsibilities. In development, the Executive Producer secures the rights to a story and develops the screenplay. They then hand over to the lead Producer, but don’t get involved in the actual production of the film.

In packaging, the Executive Producer authorises and supervises the packaging of the film.

In financing the Executive Producer raises a significant proportion of funding for the film. They will help with presales, or secure distribution agreements. They have to understand which packages will earn more than they cost.

On smaller independent films, a well-known Producer, Director or star may also be given the Executive Producer title. This acknowledges that their association with the project has helped to get financiers and distributors on board.

In production, the Executive Producer acts as a mentor to the Producer. They also supervise the production for the financiers. This type of Executive Producer is almost always involved in short film production schemes. In this case they co-ordinate the film's production from initial financing through to final distribution.

Will I need a qualification?

You don’t need a specific qualification. If you are considering taking a film production course in higher education, the following courses have been rigorously assessed by the film industry and awarded the Creative Skillset Tick for the high standard of education they provide and the degree to which they prepare you for a career in film:

Film production courses awarded the Creative Skillset Tick

What's the best route in?

You will normally need to establish yourself as a Producer who is able to bring money to a project. You could also move from another background as a distributor, Sales Agent or financier.


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