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Is the people responsible for helping creative talent obtain
employment. This talent usually includes: actors, writers,
directors & producers. They pitch their clients to show
runners and studio executives in hopes of securing them a
job. They also negotiate contracts and nurture the career
of their clientele.
This person is hired by a studio to help manage every aspect
of a television show. The executive producer is the highest
level of producer on a given show. This person is usually
a writer, but can also be a non-writing producer. In television,
this individual is often the series creator. Essentially all
of the producers, directors and actors answer to the executive
A writing executive producer who is in charge of the creative
direction of a show. This person hires the writing team, signs
off on all aspects of the storylines and scripts, and signs
off all decisions regarding the look of the show; including
wardrobe, set dressing, props and art direction.
A writer who is given an outline of an episode and is required
to turn that outline into a script. They also create characters,
dialogue, dramatic situations, and written aspects of a TV
The director is the head of the production unit and is responsible
for directing the actors and for translating the teleplay
into cinematic images in accordance with his/her vision. Not
only must they establish a good relationship with their actors,
they must also understand all technical issues regarding television.
A producer is hired by both the Executive Producer and the
Studio. This person is the liaison between these two entities.
They are responsible for all financial aspects of the television
show. They are also very instrumental in hiring and managing
all below-the-line crew members. It is their responsibility
for keeping the show on budget.
The Associate Producer helps the producer with all "line"
aspects of the production. They deal with scheduling the production,
hiring crew and ordering all equipment for the show.
This person is also known as the "Post" producer.
They are responsible for all aspects of post production, including
picture editing, music scoring, title session, final color
correction, all audio editing and final audio mixing.
This person is responsible for setting up and organizing the
production and writer offices; acts as liaison between the
production office and the set, and prioritizing information
for expeditious handling the producer and production manager
and/or associate producer.
Unit Production Manager/UPM:
The UPM is hired by the producer to coordinate and supervise
all administrative, financial, and technical details of television
production. This individual assists the producer in hiring
the crew and makes all the first contacts for dates, locations,
and fees. During production, he or she approves changes in
scheduling and the budget, serves as intermediary between
the producer/management and crew, and oversees the activities
of the entire crew.
Individual responsible for keeping track of all financial
costs and transactions incurred in the making of a television
show. Works closely with the UPM in preparing preliminary
budgets and monitors the budgetary status of the production.
Generates a "hot cost" report that outlines where
an episode is financially on a daily basis.
First Assistant Director/1st AD:
Responsible for maintaining order and discipline on the set,
keeping production moving to meet scheduling goals, establishing
the crew and shooting calls, and oversees the selection and
management of the extras. This person runs the set and is
responsible for keeping the director on course with the production
Second Assistant Director/2nd AD:
Responsible to the 1st AD for preparing and distributing the
daily paperwork, call sheets, production reports, SAG contracts,
etc. This individual sees to it that the cast and crew is
in the right place at the right time, maintains the schedule
for each shooting day, and selects positions and directs movement
of the extras.
Second Second Assistant Director/2nd
This person assists the 1st and 2nd A.D. in running the set.
Their main job is the manage the extras and to establish with
the director the movement and action of the extras.
Maintains an accurate shooting script and recording in detail
all information related to each take, including length of
shot, scene and take number, camera placement, and printable
takes, as well as any notations on dialogue, action, props,
set dressing, wardrobe, make-up, and hair in order to provide
continuity during shooting and to facilitate editing.
A production assistant is an entry level position within the
television industry. This position is responsible for assisting
the producers and the production staff with all aspects of
production. They answer phones, schedule meeting, copy scripts,
Person who finds, auditions, and negotiates for the services
of actors. He or she breaks down the script by role, characteristics,
and age. Compiles list of potential candidates, checks their
availability, contacts agents, and schedules all auditions
and call backs.
Individual works closely with producers and director to determine
how they see the show, and by choice of colors, textures,
and materials determines the overall "look" and
contributes to the emotional tone of the show. The Production
Designer supervises the search of locations, designs sets,
oversees the drawing up of blue prints and the building and
dressing of all sets.
This person works with the studio and the executive producers
to create a "look" for a show. This person designs
the sets that are later built for a television series.
Responsible for the execution of detailed drawings of the
sets and construction elements within the set to be built.
He or she drafts blue prints from descriptions of drawings
from the Production Designer or Art Director and thereafter
oversees the construction of sets.
After receiving the set plans from the Set Designer, this
person is responsible for managing the crew that builds the
sets. They also budget the build and monitor all set costs.
Works closely with the Production Designer to achieve the
visual look of the show. Individual decorates with furniture,
drapes, textures, etc. Set dec also supervises set dressing
Director of Photography/DP:
Works closely with the Director in translating the screenplay
into moving images. They orchestrate the lighting, framing
and shooting of the show in close consultation with is three
key supporting crew members: Camera Operator, Gaffer, and
Key Grip. He or she is responsible for all production photography.
Operates the camera and is responsible to the DP for composition,
focus, camera movement, and anything that comes within the
domain of photography.
Individual responsible to the DP for all lighting set ups
and procedures on a production. Works closely with the DP
and Key Grip in the selection, placement, and desired level
and balance of the lighting on a set or location.
Responsible to the DP and gaffer for providing and placing
all diffusion, for facilitating or actuating camera movement,
and for moving, erecting, and striking scaffolding. As head
of the grip crew, the Key Grip supervises transporting, rigging,
placing, operating, moving, lifting, carrying, and striking
of all grip equipment and accessories, as well as sometimes
assisting other departments in handling and moving their equipment.
Best Boy Grip:
Assistant to the Key Grip. Best Boy takes care of the equipment,
brings on extra manpower, orders, supplies, etc.
Person who handles the dollies and cranes. A dolly is a platform
on which a camera is placed. It has a hydraulic arm that lowers
and raises, and it has wheels.
Person responsible for preparing the prop breakdown and budget
for selecting, positioning, and maintaining all props. Props
are items that are carried or handled by the Actors, including
food and drink, office or household supplies, money, weapons,
tools, toys, games, and so on.
Person responsible for researching and designing the costumes
and accompanying accessories for the actors & actresses
and oversees the making fitting, acquisition, and rental of
all wardrobe items.
Individual who is responsible to the costume designer for
the selection, acquisition, rental, and care of all wardrobe
items. This person also prepares a costume breakdown and,
in consultation with the costume designer and production manager
a wardrobe budget.
Key Make-Up Artist:
Individual in charge with the application of makeup on the
actors, actresses, and extras. The Make-up Artist is also
responsible for preparing a makeup schedule and for supervising
and coordinating with other members of the makeup department,
including assistants, body makeup artists, special effects
makeup and hair stylists.
Key Hair Stylist:
Styles and it required, cuts, colors, and washes the hair
and wigs of all actors and actresses.
Responsible to the director for recording and production sound,
and for the quality of the mixed and recorded sound during
production. He or she operates the mixing console, recorded
and associated equipment.
The person responsible for to the production mixer for operating
and maintaining the microphone boom along with the attached
The individual responsible to the producers and production
company for publicizing the television show in the various
media - print, radio, television, etc.
Person who selects and assembles the footage to create a story
progression in accordance with the director's vision. The
editor works closely with the director in viewing dailies
to determine what takes are best used to tell the story.
Person who handles all of the details in the editing room
so the editor is free to make creative decisions. This includes
digitizing the footage into the editing system, making sure
that every shot is accounted for, dealing with the lab, and
handling all technical issues that may occur with the editing
The Composer composes the music score for the production in
order to heighten and intensify the emotional tone of the