Production Manager

Coordinate various departments to produce radio or television programs.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$45,000 – $112,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Production Managers do?

Coordinates work of various departments to produce radio or television programs and commercial announcements: Trains, assigns duties, and supervises employees engaged in production and taping such programs as game shows, talk broadcasts, and special programs. Ensures that slanderous, libelous, and profane statements are avoided or deleted and that program is in conformance with station or network policy and regulations. Schedules usage of studio and editing facilities needed by PRODUCERS 159.117-010, and engineering and maintenance staff to maximize use of facilities, according to scheduled events. Operates television broadcasting equipment, such as switcher, video and color monitors, tape decks, lights and microphones to train workers or to substitute for absent employees. Operates portable, shoulder-mounted camera to record or broadcast live programs from location of event. May direct subordinates in auditioning talent and proposed programs. May coordinate audio work, scenes, music, timing, camera work, and script writing, to develop desired production, and review production to ensure objectives are obtained.

Should I be a Production Manager?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Manager, Program

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