What Does a TV Producer Do?


Article provided by David Guillod

Television producers are an integral part of a show. They tend to make important decisions regarding the overall level of production and activity that occurs on set. Different producers have different types of engagement that they are involved with. This article delves into the responsibilities that a TV producer must handle.

Anything and Everything

A television producer may provide financing for a show. Or, they may have to organize and communicate between different parties to ensure that everything is going to plan. Essentially, this type of producer must do anything and everything that he or she can, whether it be overseeing an entire show or managing live programs as they air. A TV producer can also be tasked with writing or approving scripts if needed.

Some of the duties that a producer must handle include fundraising, assessing projects, securing rights to material, seeking scripts, commissioning writers, and networking. This position requires both versatility and creativity. Those who thrive as producers also have excellent organization skills, and a head for numbers.

Coordinating as a Producer

Television producers also coordinate and supervise different aspects of a production, from the administrative to the creative side. Producers must make financial decisions and handle a variety of talents, contracts, agreements, and other administrative details. It’s a role that requires multi-tasking and a headstrong attitude when the situation gets out of hand. While most producers get a chance to plan and execute a film, they also deal with numerous troubles during the production phase.

David Guillod is a well-established talent and literary manager. Guillod held senior partner leadership roles at United Talent Agency, Handprint Ent. & most recently at Primary Wave Entertainment. Guillod is also a film/TV producer, most recently credited on Atomic Blonde and Louder Milk. Visit David Guillod’s profile on Twitter.