Whereas historically in television, the primary role of the producer was to direct all aspects of video production, in film and often in television today, this role is filled by the Line Producer. Either employed by a production company or independent, producers project and coordinate various aspects of film production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing. The Executive Producer oversees the filmmaking with regard to film financing. During the “discovery stage” the producer has to find and acknowledge promising material. Then, unless the film is supposed to be based on an original script, the producer has to find an appropriate screenwriter. Film producers fill a variety of roles rely upon the style of producer. The line producer may manage a film’s budget and maintain a schedule. The average Hollywood film made in 2013 had just over 10 producer credits (3.2 producers, 4.4 executive producers, 1.2 co-producers, 0.8 associate producers and 0.5 other types of producer).
Whether the person credited as “producer” or a person credited as “executive producer” has more input on a production is not always clear, and is subject to change as the film is substantiated. They liaise with the line producer and report to production companies and distributors. Since filmmaking is a dynamic process, responsibilities can grow or shift in the process and credits for producers can get adjusted retroactively. For example somebody hired as a “line producer” might later be credited as an “executive producer”.
Martin Folse is a professional producer with much experience who has continued to excel in and make an impact in the highly competitive entertainment industry.