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Michael Mann
Producer, Heat
A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows likeStarsky and Hutch. He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile, in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release, Thief starringJames Caan as a safe-cracker who falls under the spell of the mob...
“ Michael Mann is an excellent producer/director. His work on the U.S 80's cop show Miami Vice was absolutely brilliant and his producing/directing on the gangster film Heat starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro was also absolutely brilliant. ” - nims-1975
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James Cameron
Writer, Aliens
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University but, after graduating, drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition. He landed his first professional film job as art director...
“ James Cameron is an excellent producer/director and his work on films such as Terminator 2: Judgement Day was and is absolutely brilliant. ” - nims-1975
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Steven Spielberg
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer...
“ Steven Spielberg is an excellent film maker and his films are brilliant. ” - nims-1975
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Spike Lee
Director, Inside Man
Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended school in Morehouse College in Atlanta and developed his film making skills at Clark Atlanta University...
“ Spike Lee is an excellent producer/director and his work on films such as Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever and Malcolm X was and is absolutely brilliant. ” - nims-1975
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Tony Scott
Director, Top Gun
Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British military...
“ Tony Scott is an excellent director and his work on films such as the brilliant Top Gun and Enemy of The State was and is absolutely brilliant. ” - nims-1975
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John Singleton
Director, Four Brothers
Son of mortgage broker Danny Singleton and pharmaceutical company sales executive Sheila Ward and raised in separate households by his unmarried parents, John Singleton attended the Film Writing Program at USC after graduating from high school in 1986. While studying there, he won three writing awards from the university...
“ John Singleton is also another excellent director and his work on films such as Boyz n The Hood, Higher Learning, Poetic Justice, Baby Boy, 2Fast 2Furious etc was and is absolutely brilliant. ” - nims-1975
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“ Richard Donner is also an excellet director/producer and has directed and produced amazing and brilliant films such as Superman, Superman 2, Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Lethal Weapon 4 and The Goonies. ” - nims-1975
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Quentin Tarantino
Writer, Pulp Fiction
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Connie (McHugh), a nurse, and Tony Tarantino, an Italian-American actor and musician from New York. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992, first-time writer-director Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs appeared at the Sundance Film Festival...
“ Quentin Tarantino the producer/director who has produced/directed films such as Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Tony Jaa's martial arts movie The Protector( aka U.K Warrior King) etc is a brilliant and awesome producer/director ” - nims-1975
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George Lucas
George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver...
“ George Lucas the director who did the films Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of The Jedi is an excellent director and his excellent films Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of The Jedi are awesome sci fi movies. ” - nims-1975
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Martin Scorsese
Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942, in New York City, to Italian-American parents Catherine (Cappa) and Charles Scorsese. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films. Scorsese earned a B.S. degree in film communications in 1964...
“ Martin Scorcese is an excellent director and did excellent films such as Mean Streets, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, The Color of Money etc. ” - nims-1975
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“ Jerry Bruckheimer is an excellent film producer and has produced excellent, awesome and amazing films such as Beverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Con Air, Bad Boys, Bad Boys 2, Gone in 60 Seconds and Enemy of The State. ” - nims-1975

Film producers prepare and then supervise the making of a film before presenting the product to a financing entity or a film distributor.[1] Either employed by a production company or independent, they help the creative people as well as the accounting personnel.[2][3][4][5] The average Hollywood film made in 2013 had just over 10 producer credits (3.2 producers, 4.4 executive producers, 1.2 co-producers, 0.8 associate producers and 0.5 other types of producer).[6] During the "discovery stage" the producer has to find and acknowledge promising material.[7] Then, unless the film is supposed to be based on an original script, the producer has to find an appropriate screenwriter.[8]

For various reasons, producers cannot always personally supervise all of the production. As such, the main producer will appoint executive producersline producers or unit production managers who represent the main producer's interests.[9] Among other things, the producer has the last word on whether sounds or music have to be changed or scenes have to be cut and they are in charge of selling the film or arranging distribution rights.

Clarification of term[edit]

Whereas historically in television, the primary role of the producer was to oversee all aspects of video production, in film and often in television today, this role is filled by the Line Producer. The line producer may manage a film's budget and maintain a schedule. TheExecutive Producer oversees the filmmaking with regard to film financing. They liaise with the line producer and report to production companies and distributors. Whether the person credited as "producer" or a person credited as "executive producer" has more input on a production is not always clear, and is subject to change as the film is substantiated. Since filmmaking is a dynamic process, responsibilities can grow or shift in the process and credits for producers can get adjusted retroactively. For example somebody hired as "line producer" might later be credited as "executive producer".

Because of these dynamics, all involved producers must agree on production standards from the start. Negligence in that matter can lead to a domino effect.[10] Other producers are more involved with the day-to-day workings, participating in activities such asscreenwritingset design, casting, and even directing. Currently, because of the restrictions the Writers Guild of America screenwriting credit system places on writing credits, many scriptwriters are credited as "producers" instead, even though they may not engage in the responsibilities generally associated with that title. In this limited sense, the producer and the screenwriter may be the same person. Producers differ from Production Management (Production and Unit Managers and Production Coordinators) in part because the responsibilities of Production Management are more logistical than creative.


Main article: Film crew

Different types of producers in the industry today include (in order of seniority):

Executive producer
The Executive Producer addresses the finances in that they pitch films to the studios, but upon acceptance they may focus on business matters, such as budgets and contracts.
Co-executive producer
Second in seniority to executive producer.
Line producer
Manages the staff and day-to-day operations. Finds staff to hire for the production. Most line producers are given the title of "produced by".
Supervising producer
Supervises the creative process of screenplay development, and often aids in script re-writes. They usually supervise less experienced story editors and staff writers on the writing team.
Traditional producers, who are responsible for physical facilities, are given the credit of "produced by". In U.S. films, a producer can also be a writer who has not written enough of the screenplay to receive approval from the Writers Guild of America to be listed as a screenwriter.
A writer who may not have written the script, but contributed significantly through table reads or revisions. In the U.S., co-producer credits also often require approval from the Writers Guild of America.
Coordinating producer or production coordinator
This producer manages the schedule and arranges the staff into teams.
Consulting producer
These producers are former executive or possibly co-executive producers, or in rare cases directors. They are called upon to assist the writers.
Associate producer
Runs day-to-day operations.
Segment producer
Writes or produces one segment of a film.
Field producer
Selects areas to film (outside of a set) and coordinates production in the field. They also form a trusting relationship with the cast/participants in order to get interviews while in the field. They may fill a number of different roles, including production manager/coordinator, videographer and also Production assistant.
Edit producer
Helps co-ordinate the edit by working with the editor and relaying information from other producers. Involved in creating stories and writing script if necessary.
Post producer
Supervises the overall post-production process, including editing, dubbing and grading. Post-producers are typically employed by facilities houses rather than by production companies directly.

In film or video productions, the executive producer is almost always given an opportunity to comment on a rough cut but the amount of attention paid to his/her comments is highly dependent on the overall personnel structure of the production.


Development (film rights)[edit]

During the "discovery stage" the producer has to find and acknowledge promising material.[7] Often a producer must then retrieve the film rights or an option.[11] If the rights owner is worried about preserving the integrity, voice and vision of their work, the producer might have to comply with a variety of demands concerning the screenplay, the film directorcasting, or other topics.[12] Thus it occasionally takes a lot of time and effort before the actual pre-production can begin. Late German producer Bernd Eichinger is said to have worked 15 years on convincing novelist Patrick Süskind just to agree to a film adaptation of his book Perfume.[13] However, sometimes all effort is futile. J. D. Salinger, for example, refused all film producers as long as he lived.[14]


Unless the film is supposed to be based on an original script, the producer has to find an appropriate screenwriter.[8][15] If an existing script is considered flawed, they are able to order a new version or make the decision to hire a script doctor.[16][17][18] The producer also has the final say on which film director gets hired.[19][20] In some cases they also have the last word when it comes to casting questions.[21]


For various reasons, producers cannot always personally supervise all parts of their production. For example some producers run a company which also deals with film distribution.[22][23] Also cast and film crew often work at different times and places and certain films even require a second unit. Consequently it is normal that the main producer will appoint executive producersline producers or unit production managers who represent the main producer's interests.[9] The executive producer for Star Wars Episode IV: A New HopeStar Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was George Lucas himself, the creator of the Star Wars universe.[24]


Among other things, the producer has the last word on whether sounds or music have to be changed or scenes have to be cut. Even if the shooting has officially been finished, the producers can still demand that additional scenes be filmed. In case of a negative test screening producers may even demand and get an alternative film ending. This happened for example with First Blood, in which the test audience reacted very negatively to having Rambo die, so the producers re-shot a new ending.[25] Producers are also in charge of selling the film or arranging distribution rights.

Career process[edit]

There are different ways to become a film producer. Stanley Kramer started as editor and writer.[26] Other producers started as actors or directors.

Film schools offer degree courses that include film production knowledge.[27][28] Some courses are especially designed for future film producers, focusing on key topics like pitching, script development, script assessment, shooting schedule design and budgeting.[3][7][29][30] The students can also expect practical training regarding post-production.[31]

On the occasion of announcing his own film school "L’Ecole de la Cite" film producer Luc Besson admitted that at the beginning of his career he would have appreciated the chance to attend a film school.[32]

The average annual salary for a producer in the U.S. is $109,860. If one examines just the 15,000+ producers in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the average annual salary is $138,640.[33] Producers also often have an agreement to take a percentage of the movie's sales.[33]

Notable individuals[edit]




  1. Jump up^ "Summary Report for: Producers". ONET Online. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
  2. Jump up^ "Film Job Profiles: Director". Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  3. Jump up to:a b "Production". Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  4. Jump up^ "The producer plans the production, hires key staff, organises financial backing and budgets, distribution, etc.". Retrieved 14 March2013.
  5. Jump up^ "Actors, producers, and directors". US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010–11 Edition. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  6. Jump up^ "How many producers does it take to make a film?". Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  7. Jump up to:a b c "Production". Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  8. Jump up to:a b "writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been hired to pen the screenplay for producer Dino de Laurentiis". Retrieved 13 April2007.
  9. Jump up to:a b Cieply, Michael (8 November 2012). "Three Studios Agree to Let a Guild Certify Credits for Film Producers"New York Times. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  10. Jump up^ "All the projects that I have been involved with have allowed me to see how important it is to get things right from the beginning. Production standards – good or bad – can cause a domino effect in the chain of command all the way through the process.". Retrieved20 March 2013.
  11. Jump up^ "A screenplay agreement normally provides that the copyright is assigned to the producer". Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  12. Jump up^ "He created a screenplay about a rough-and-tumble thug who struggles for a chance to make it as a professional boxer. According to several reports, Stallone refused to sell the script unless he was allowed to star in it.". Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  13. Jump up^ "A Farewell to Bernd Eichinger: German Film Loses its Leading Man". Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  14. Jump up^ Allen, Nick (19 June 2010). "JD Salinger always insisted The Catcher in the Rye was "unactable" and refused to let Hollywood anywhere near his masterpiece"The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  15. Jump up^ "Goldman was contacted by director/producer Rob Reiner to write the screenplay". Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  16. Jump up^ "He began work on the script. And worked on it and worked on it, pushing it through seven drafts before arriving at a version with which de Laurentiis was satisfied". Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  17. Jump up^ "Broccoli insisted on a rewrite, claiming to story was too political for a 007 film. Writer Christopher Wood was brought on board to collaborate with Maibaum and expand upon Broccoli’s personal concept for the film". Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  18. Jump up^ Bergan, Ronald (4 August 2010). "the producers Albert R Broccoli and Harry Saltzman hired him for two weeks to doctor the Richard Maibaum script of Diamonds Are Forever"The Guardian (London). Retrieved 4 August 2010.
  19. Jump up^ "Next De Laurentiis hired King Vidor, director of Duel in the Sun (1946) and The Fountainhead (1949) to make the movie". Retrieved14 March 2013.
  20. Jump up^ "He also stuck loyally by gifted American directors when they were out of favour or off form. Robert Altman made one of his less successful pictures, Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976), for De Laurentiis, who also helped the luckless Michael Cimino back on his feet after the commercial disaster of Heaven's Gate"The Daily Telegraph (London). 11 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  21. Jump up^ "Cubby Broccoli personally broke his own golden rule and cast her as the mysterious Octopussy". Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  22. Jump up^ Bergan, Ronald. "In 1979, Eichinger bought a large stake in the Munich-based production and distribution company Constantin Film, which he ran as a hands-on producer for over 30 years"The Guardian (London). Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  23. Jump up^ "Europacorp studio posted $186 million in revenues last year, making it second only to Germany's Constantin Film as Europe's largest independent studio". Retrieved 10 March 2009.
  24. Jump up^ "Lucas continued the Star Wars saga as storywriter and executive producer with The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983.". Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  25. Jump up^ "test audiences nearly rioted after cheering for Rambo and then seeing him die. So the producers went back to Hope, British Columbia, the location for the film, and shot a new ending in which Rambo lives". Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  26. Jump up^ "Mr. Kramer began his career in the 1930s as an editor and writer, later forming an independent production company". Retrieved15 March 2013.
  27. Jump up^ "The MFA Advanced Film Practice programme aims to equip you with the creative, professional and technical knowledge you will need to enter the professional arena as a writer, producer or director.". Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  28. Jump up^ "The training course last three years and the interdisciplinary teaching programme prepares students in the specific areas of directing, scriptwriting, acting, photography, editing, sound techniques, production, set-design, props and wardrobe". Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  29. Jump up^ "Our BA in Film Production is one of our most highly sought-after courses.". Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  30. Jump up^ "Producing seminars teach through practical studies in production, script development, budgeting, and media economics". Retrieved15 March 2013.
  31. Jump up^ "All student films are developed, shot and post-produced in teams, closely mirroring a realistic industry work process in order to ease graduates’ transitions to the professional environment". Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  32. Jump up^ "Luc Besson launches film school"Variety. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
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