Question by kublai: Whats the difference between an executive producer and a producer in film?
Answer by Jeffy.
Producer: Individual who has the greatest involvement and oversight among a film’s various producers. In smaller companies or independent projects, may be the equivalent of the executive producer.
Executive producer: In major productions, usually a representative or CEO of the film studio – although the title may be given as an honorarium to a major investor – often oversees the financial, administrative and creative aspects of production, though not technical aspects. In smaller companies or independent projects, may be synonymous with creator/writer.
Co-producer: A producer who reports to the Executive Producer and provides money to finance a project. In large productions, the co-producer is more involved in the day-to-day production. In independent projects, the title can connote an involvement in the inception of the production.
Associate producer: Usually acts as a representative of the Producer, who may share financial, creative, or administrative responsibilities, delegated from that producer. Often, a title for an experienced film professional acting as a consultant or a title granted as a courtesy to one who makes a major financial or creative contribution to the production. According to David Mamet, “It’s what you give your secretary instead of a raise.”
Assistant producer: Usually works under the direction of the Associate Producer.
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