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.

What responsibilities are common for Executive Producer jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Executive Producer jobs?
  • 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
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Executive Producer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$8,000 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$3K
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$12K
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Executive Producer Career Path

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Executive Producer
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Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
35%
2 - 4
50%
5 - 7
9%
8+
6%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

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“Having multiple people try to make final decisions was difficult and caused micromanagement issues that unfortunately I could not overcome.”

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“Pay is not liveable unless you make bonuses which only happens if you get allocated a high revenue event”

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15 Jun 2021

“My career progressed quickly and they gave me regular pay rises which was very motivating.”

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28 Sept 2021

“I love the work I get to do and the creative and friendly people I get to work with.”

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“If you are a recent collage grad or early in your creative career First Media is a good place to start.”

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“I have never met anyone in my career who treats people the way MarketScale’s CEO and leadership team treats people.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an Executive Producer

When working as an Executive Producer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Editing, Writing, Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Creative Suite and Scripting.

The most similar professions to Executive Producer are:
  • Web Producer
  • Producer
  • Video Editor
  • Operations Manager

The most common qualifications to become an Executive Producer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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