What is an Executive Producer?
There are many types of Executive Producer, ranging from financial, legal, management, marketing, creative and strategic. There are also those who are attached to a film in name only, due to the kudos or audience they can bring. Executive Producers are the most senior level of executive involved in the production of a film or TV production. As they come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, they collectively bring different expertise to a project, much like a board of directors in a company. Not all Executive Producers are on the board of directors of a production company, and this also depends on the experience, expertise and level of involvement in the company and production. A common mistake is to assume that all Executive Producers fund or find funding for productions. Some will invest in film and TV productions themselves, and some, particularly those from a traditional production background, may act in a fundraising and financial management capacity. Others may have specific expertise and contacts in streaming, TV and film commissioning acquisition.