Also called: Director, Program Director, Program Manager, Programming Director
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To craft an entertaining production takes both creative vision and leadership skills. Based on a writer’s script, producers and directors create movies, videos, television shows, live theater, and commercials. Producers make the business and financial decisions for a production. They raise money and hire the director and crew. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the production is completed on time, and hold the responsibility for the final product. Directors make the creative decisions. They select the cast, run rehearsals, and guide actors’ portrayal of their characters. At early phases, directors work closely with costume and set designers and location scouts to set the right scene. After a film is shot, they consult with the film editors and music directors to ensure the final product matches their vision. For live performances, stage directors support a consistent, strong performance. Work hours in these fields are often long and irregular, and pressure to finish projects on time is constant. Employment may be temporary, and travel is common… whether to tour with a theater production, or shoot a TV show or movie on location. A combination of a bachelor’s degree and several years’ related work experience is the usual path to enter these fields. A background in acting, film and video editing, or cinematography are typical.
What they do:Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs, such as sports or news.
On the job, you would:
- Plan and schedule programming and event coverage, based on broadcast length, time availability, and other factors, such as community needs, ratings data, and viewer demographics.
- Coordinate activities between departments, such as news and programming.
- Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in broadcast news, sports, or programming.
Arts and Humanities
- English language
- customer service
Engineering and Technology
- computers and electronics
- thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
- reading work related information
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- changing what is done based on other people's actions
- understanding people's reactions
- listen and understand what people say
- read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
- notice when problems happen
- create new and original ideas
- pay attention to something without being distracted
- do two or more things at the same time
People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Attention to Detail
- Self Control
- Analytical Thinking
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
Video creation and editing software
- Apple Final Cut Pro
- Avid Technology iNEWS
Web page creation and editing software
- Advertising & Promotions Managers
- Agents & Business Managers of Artists, Performers, & Athletes
- Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, & Radio
- Public Relations & Fundraising Managers
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