Television Producer

Manage the business side of producing TV shows.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$45,000 – $112,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Television Producers do?

Television Producers are responsible for making sure all of the business-related elements of a television show happen on time and on budget. A Television Producer also manages crew members and the show’s stars (I dare you to try), and oversees the filming schedule and script approval. Plus, at times, they get more of a final say over creative changes than the show’s Director – because it always comes down to the budget.

If you’re a Television Producer, you control all aspects of a show’s production, so you have your hand in many pies at once. Over the course of a TV series you may be involved in everything from the show’s initial development, to casting, shooting, wrapping, and everything in between. We know Producers’ names because they gain a following for quality programs, and it’s up to you to help a show survive: You’re responsible, and your name is seen as the final stamp of approval on a production.

Some Producers are more behind-the-scenes, and end their own role after they’ve pitched an idea to a studio and it’s been picked up. Others would rather have control over the set, costumes, Actors, and even the directing. It’s up to you which approach you’re going to take. After all, there are other people to do those jobs, but if you want a Bruckheimer sort of following, you’ve got to put your nose to the grindstone – it’s an extremely competitive industry.

Should I be a Television Producer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.

  • Also known as: Nonfiction Television Producer, Reality TV Producer, TV Producer

    How to become a Television Producer

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