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Film producer

A film producer is a type of producer who oversees the making of movies. The producer initiates, coordinates, supervises and controls matters such as raising funding, hiring key personnel, and arranging for distributors. The producer is involved throughout all phases of the filmmaking process from inception to completion of a project.

In the early 20th century, the producer also tended to wield ultimate creative control on a film project. However, with the collapse of Hollywood's studio system in the 1950s, creative control began to shift into the hands of the director. Further changes in movie distribution and marketing in the 1970s and 80s gave rise to the modern-day phenomenon of the Hollywood blockbuster, giving even more power to individual directors. (For more information, see Cinema of the United States.)


Kinds of Producers

  • Producer: the classic producer who typically has the greatest involvement and oversight among a film's various producers
  • Executive producer: usually a representative of a film production company that is producing or financing a film
  • Associate producer : typically a title granted as a courtesy or to one who played some role in getting the film made
  • Co-producer : usually reports to the Producer and is more involved in the day-to-day production
  • Line producer : oversees a film's budget

Some notable film producers

See also

External links

Producers Guild of America Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: 07-31-2005 10:37:33
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