What does an Executive Producer do?

An executive producer is responsible for overseeing all of the operations and long term goals of a film. They are responsible for ensuring that the film is released to the largest audience. A few of the main duties of an executive producer are hiring the appropriate staff, raising money for the film, working with unions, and collaborating with other departments. They also have to ensure that the budget of the film is met. Some of the job titles that an executive producer had in the past would be producer and associate producer.

An executive producer should have ten years of experience in the entertainment industry; a Bachelor's degree in film is not necessary but helpful. One of the most important skills that an executive producer will have is the ability to manage a variety of people. Another skill is leadership as the executive producer will have many different employees looking to them for guidance.

  • Develop a budget for the film
  • Ensure that the film stays within the budget
  • Work within union regulations
  • Hire the appropriate staff for the film
  • Market the film during the buildup to its release
  • Work with other departments to create a great film
  • Maintain the brand image of the film
  • Create a long term strategy for the film
  • Bachelor's degree in film is preferred
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at once
  • Deep knowledge of the entertainment industry
  • Incredible problem solving abilities
  • Great organizational skills
  • Ability to market the project effectively
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain a budget
  • Incredible vision to bring a project together
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Executive Producer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$127,456 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $127K
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