Film producer

A film producer is a person who oversees film production.[1] Either employed by a production company or working independently, producers plan and coordinate various aspects of film production, such as selecting the script; coordinating writing, directing, and editing; and arranging financing.[2]

During the "discovery stage," the producer finds and selects promising material for development.[2] Then, unless the film is based on an existing script, the producer has to hire a screenwriter and oversee the development of the script.[3] Once a script is completed, the producer will lead a pitch to secure the financial backing (a "green light") to allow production to begin.

The producer also supervises the pre-production, production, and post-production stages of filmmaking. One of the most important tasks is to hire the director and other key crew members. Whereas the director makes the creative decisions during the production, the producer typically manages the logistics and business operations, though some directors also produce their own films. The producer is tasked with making sure the film is delivered on time and within budget,[4] and has the final say on creative decisions. Finally, the producer will oversee the marketing and distribution.

For various reasons, producers cannot always supervise all of the production. In this case, the main producer or executive producer may hire and delegate work to associate producers, assistant producers, line producers or unit production managers.[5]


Different types of producers and their roles within the industry today include:

Executive producer

The executive producer oversees all of the other producers working on the same project. They make sure that the producers are fulfilling their roles on the given production. They can also be in charge of managing the film's finances and handling all other business aspects of the film.[1][6]

Line producer

The line producer manages the staff and day-to-day operations and oversees each and every physical aspect that is involved in the making of a film or television program. The line producer can be credited as "produced by" in certain cases.[1][6]

Supervising producer

The supervising producer supervises the creative process of screenplay development and often aids in script re-writes. They can also fulfill the executive producer's role of overseeing other producers.[1]


Within the production process, a producer can oversee, arrange, manage, and begin every single aspect. They are involved in every single stage of the overall production process.[1][6]


A co-producer is a member of a team of producers that perform all of the functions and roles that a single producer would have in a single given project.[1]

Coordinating producer or production coordinator

A coordinating producer coordinates the work/role of multiple producers who are trying to achieve a shared result.[1]

Associate producer or assistant producer

The associate or assistant producer helps the producer during the production process. They can sometimes be involved in coordinating others' jobs, such as creating peoples' schedules and hiring the main talent.[1][6]

Segment producer

A segment producer produces one or more single specific segments of a multi-segment film or television production.[1]

Field producer

A field producer helps the producer by overseeing all of the production that takes place outside of the studio in specific locations for the film.[6]

Other Languages
العربية: منتج أفلام
Deutsch: Filmproduzent
Bahasa Indonesia: Produser film
қазақша: Кинопродюсер
latviešu: Kinoproducents
magyar: Filmproducer
მარგალური: კინოპროდიუსერი
Bahasa Melayu: Penerbit filem
Nederlands: Filmproducent
norsk nynorsk: Filmprodusent
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Film produser
Plattdüütsch: Filmproduzent
русский: Кинопродюсер
Simple English: Movie producer
slovenščina: Filmski producent
српски / srpski: Филмски продуцент
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Filmski producent
svenska: Filmproducent
українська: Кінопродюсер