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Producer

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€23k > 120
Producer TV/Film
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€23 - 120
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Entrant - 23 - 25
Established - 50
Top - 120
Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Supervises and manages the running of a TV, Radio, Film or Theatrical production.


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The Work header image

The work of the Producer is to obtain support for the production concept from potential partners, contributors and investors. The Producer develops the initial concept with the necessary expertise (writer/researcher/editor) and works with the writer/director to refine it.  
 
There is quite a difference between the production of documentaries and those of feature films. Documentaries are characterised by small crews and roles are often merged, as Producer/Director.  
 
The Producer determines the markets for the project or programme then plans, co-ordinates and monitors appropriate promotional and marketing strategies for it.  
 
It is the work of the Producer to promote the concept to potential funding/financing sources and establish funding for the production, negotiating and agreeing deals with investors, legal and financial institutions.  
 
He/she determines the resources needed for the production in terms of cast, crew and facilities and prepares budget plans in conjunction with the Production Accountant, which must be agreed with the financiers.  
 
The Producer hires the production team, together with the Director and Craft Supervisors (who will often bring their own team to a production), which involves negotiating terms with the appropriate Trade Unions, taking account of National Agreements. He/she oversees the preparation of the production schedule and monitors the progress of the production in terms of budget, schedule and the creative brief.  
 
It is up to the Producer to implement any changes necessary to the budget and schedule. He/she is also responsible for the health and safety of the working environment and must negotiate insurance packages with insurance companies.  
 
The Producer must resolve any areas of potential conflict in the process and control the overall development of the production. It can be a very pressurised position but equally the rewards can be very high.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Write and edit news stories from information collected by reporters and other sources.

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Coordinate the activities of writers, directors, managers, and other personnel throughout the production process.

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Research production topics using the internet, video archives, and other informational sources.

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Review film, recordings, or rehearsals to ensure conformance to production and broadcast standards.

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Monitor postproduction processes to ensure accurate completion of details.

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Conduct meetings with staff to discuss production progress and to ensure production objectives are attained.

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Perform administrative duties, such as preparing operational reports, distributing rehearsal call sheets and script copies, and arranging for rehearsal quarters.

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Resolve personnel problems that arise during the production process by acting as liaisons between dissenting parties when necessary.

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Hire directors, principal cast members, and key production staff members.

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Arrange financing for productions.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others: Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Communications and Media: Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Telecommunications: Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Persuasion: Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Management of Financial Resources: Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

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Management of Personnel Resources: Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Financial, budgeting and planning skills are very important, and a producer has to have a working knowledge of most areas.


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Organisation: Irish Film and Television Network
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Organisation: Radio Telefis Eireann (RTE)
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Organisation: SIPTU (Film & Entertainment Branch)
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Organisation: Screen Producers Ireland (SPI)
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