Each month we take a look at one of the 650 career pathways featured within Indigo. This month, we explore the role of a TV, film and radio producer.

Animation Producer Adam Bailey shares his insights with this video career profile from the Indigo Careers module.

So what is a producer?

You will be the lead person in TV, film and radio production. Producers have detailed knowledge of the industry, coupled with sound business skills.

A producer develops ideas, employs key team members, has creative input, gets involved in casting decisions and script editing, and generally oversees the complete production. Many producers also play a financial role by approaching initial backers, securing rights and managing the budget throughout production. You may also need to oversee the final editing process, as well as marketing and distribution plans.


Your working day is determined by the demands of the filming schedule and as such the role requires a great deal of flexibility. Working hours can be long and erratic, with travel often required.


Producers work in a variety of environments including offices, studios and external filming locations.

Type of work

You will oversee, motivate and employ team members.

Things to consider

You will have the satisfaction of seeing the results of your work in the public domain. 

Exciting projects/opportunities
You may get to work on projects that receive awards or critical acclaim. 

Relocation may be necessary
Demand is highest in the south east or in big cities.

Irregular work/job insecurity 
Producers are often employed on a freelance or contract basis, which can lead to job instability.

Most people have an undergraduate degree and you will need previous experience/passion for the field

There are no specific academic requirements but producers need extensive experience in both the creative and business sides of the industry. Given the competitive nature of the industry, many entrants have a Foundation degree, degree or HND in a related subject, such as film production, communications, broadcasting, media studies or drama. You will need at least 1 A level/2 H grades and 4 GCSEs/National 5s (C or above, or 4 or above in England) for entry to a Foundation degree or HND and 2 A levels/3 H grades and 5 GCSEs/National 5s (C or above, or 4 or above in England) for a degree.

Gaining experience in a junior role provides a well-rounded view of the industry, invaluable knowledge and the opportunity to develop a network of contacts. Jobs are rarely advertised, therefore work experience may offer you a way of entry into the industry through the contacts you make at each placement. You should create a showreel/portfolio so as to promote your work and demonstrate your aptitude to prospective employers. You may wish to seek an apprenticeship or course that incorporates practical work experience in order to show evidence of your creativity, leadership skills and an ability to cope under pressure. The Advanced Apprenticeship Programme in Digital and Creative Media may be available in your area or, if you have a degree, graduate training schemes are offered by some independent television companies. If you are a radio producer working on news and current affairs shows you will need to have journalistic training.


Salary progression
New entrants can expect to earn £18,000–£25,000 per year.

With experience, this can increase to £40,000–£55,000.

Senior producers can achieve £60,000–£80,000. You may also receive a cut of the project profits.

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