Want to Produce a Pilot?

Updated: Sep 20

Written by: Atika Greene on September 6, 2021


Now, What does a producer actually do?


Source: https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/what-does-a-producer-do/


When developing a show it takes a lot of planning and execution. You need a supportive team and a talented crew to get the job done. You need a Producer! An efficient, proactive and organized producer. Producers make sure everything and everyone stays on task. A Producer oversees the entire production. They are responsible for finding and launching a project. A Producer also hires the writers, directors and the entire creative team/crew. When it comes to finding your producer you want to have a clear understanding of what different types of producers there are and their role on a set.


Producer: might be the creator of the show or a self- employed contractor working through a production company or studio. Producers wear all the hats on an independent project. They pick up the slack and make sure all things are in order, but it takes a team. The bigger the budget the more hands on deck!


Producer: might be the creator of the show or a self- employed contractor working through a production company or studio. Producers wear all the hats on an independent project. They pick up the slack and make sure all things are in order, but it takes a team. The bigger the budget the more hands on deck!

Let's start by breaking down the different types of producers and what they do.

Executive Producer| EP

  • Supervise all the other producers

  • Ensures the film has the funding

  • Sets budget & schedule

  • Impact the style of the film

Line Producer| LP

  • Oversee the budgets and manage showbiz budgeting

  • Manage smaller units like the art department , costume dept., etc.

  • Handles everything "below the line," meaning the people on the crew other than the producers, directors, screenwriters, and principle cast

Supervising Producer| SP

  • Supervises the other producers

  • Small budget films typically don't have this position

Associate/ Assistant Producer| AP

  • Some AP's might put up funding

  • People who are important to the production but not hands-on

  • Duties depends on production and budget

Co-producer| CP

  • Working along side producer

  • Very hands-on during pre-production and while on set

  • Assist with casting , secure locations and potentially assist the director

These are some of the types of producers you can start to focus on when producing your pilot.



There are many moving parts when it comes to production. Your budget will be important when it comes to hiring. Some of the roles might not be as important. Try sticking to the main positions and hiring as needed. Even if you only have one producer they can get the job done. Don't allow your lack of resources to stop you. Start with what you have! Now you have a few details and descriptions of what each job title represents, you can get started on finding your team. As the creator, you have the freedom to outsource who and what you want for your project. Don't get overwhelmed, and remember to have patience with yourself. This is an ongoing process, and through education and experience, you will find success. Bassett House Pictures wants to help. Please continue to have the conversation and ask questions.


Resources:

https://www.thefilmfund.co/19-different-types-of-film-and-agency-producers-from-executive-producer-to-line-producer/#.YTZTNSVHbDs


https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/what-does-a-producer-do/




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