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Job: Production Managers

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Title Production Managers
Categories Producers, Production managers, and Production Designers
Job Information

Production managers ensure that film, television and theater productions stay on schedule without going over budget. They must understand all aspects of production, both on and off the set. While formal education is available, experience is the most relevant qualification for this position, and most production managers work their way up from a variety of stage and office positions.

Production managers typically supervise a team that includes the production coordinator and assistant directors. They are responsible for hiring, budgeting, scheduling and handling insurance issues on the set. They must also ensure that the production complies with all safety, guild and union regulations. Production managers typically work with scripted, reality or live television, as well as new media, film or theater production companies.

Production managers must be highly organized with strong communication skills and problem-solving abilities. They must also be familiar with budgeting software specific to the film and television industry. While production managers may not need in-depth technical skills, they must understand how each department can affect the budget and the schedule. Production managers must be able to handle many things at once, from hiring crew members and resolving equipment issues to creating daily reports and making sure permits are up to date.

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