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Plan and coordinate various aspects of radio, television, stage, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.

    Work Activities
    • Write and edit news stories from information collected by reporters and other sources.
    • Hire directors, principal cast members, and key production staff members.
    • Arrange financing for productions.
    • Coordinate the activities of writers, directors, managers, and other personnel throughout the production process.
    • Determine production size, content, and budget, establishing details such as production schedules and management policies.
    • Perform management activities, such as budgeting, scheduling, planning, and marketing.
    • Select plays, scripts, books, or ideas to be produced.
    • Research production topics using the internet, video archives, and other informational sources.
    • Review film, recordings, or rehearsals to ensure conformance to production and broadcast standards.
    • Compose and edit scripts or provide screenwriters with story outlines from which scripts can be written.
    • Monitor postproduction processes to ensure accurate completion of details.
    • Conduct meetings with staff to discuss production progress and to ensure production objectives are attained.
    • Negotiate with parties, including independent producers and the distributors and broadcasters who will be handling completed productions.
    • Negotiate contracts with artistic personnel, often in accordance with collective bargaining agreements.
    • Determine and direct the content of radio programming.
    • Obtain rights to scripts or to such items as existing video footage.
    • Write and submit proposals to bid on contracts for projects.
    • Perform administrative duties, such as preparing operational reports, distributing rehearsal call sheets and script copies, and arranging for rehearsal quarters.
    • Resolve personnel problems that arise during the production process by acting as liaisons between dissenting parties when necessary.
    • Produce shows for special occasions, such as holidays or testimonials.
    • Plan and coordinate the production of musical recordings, selecting music and directing performers.
    • Develop marketing plans for finished products, collaborating with sales associates to supervise product distribution.
    • Maintain knowledge of minimum wages and working conditions established by unions or associations of actors and technicians.
    • Obtain and distribute costumes, props, music, and studio equipment needed to complete productions.
    Skills
    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge
    • Communications and Media

      Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $52,200/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $25.10/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 2,100
    • Yearly Projected Openings 210
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Leadership
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Attention to Detail
    • Initiative
    Tools
    • Visual presenters
    • Tablet computers
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Digital audio workstation DAW
    Technology
    • Web platform development software
    • Web page creation and editing software
    • Video creation and editing software
    • Office suite software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.