- knowledge of media production and communication
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- knowledge of English language
- leadership skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be flexible and open to change
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties might include:
- deciding which projects to produce, or creating programme ideas yourself
- reading scripts
- securing the rights for books or screenplays, or negotiating with writers to produce new screenplays
- identifying sources of funding and raising finances
- working out what resources are needed
- checking and approving locations
- pitching to television broadcasters to commission your programme
- planning filming schedules
- hiring staff, cast and crew
- managing cash flow
- making sure the production stays on schedule and within budget
- working with marketing companies and distributors
You could work at a TV studio, in an office, at a film studio or on a film set.
Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and you may spend nights away from home.
With experience, you could become an executive producer, or set up your own production company.
You can find out more about creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.