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Executive producer

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Executive producer (EP) is one of the top positions in the making of a commercial entertainment product. Depending on the medium, the executive producer may be concerned with management accounting or associated with legal issues (like copyrights or royalties).[1] In films, the executive producer generally contributes to the film's budget and usually does not work on set, in contrast to most other producers.[2]

Motion pictures

In films, executive producers finance the film or participate in the creative effort, but do not work on the set. Their responsibilities vary from funding or attracting investors into the movie project to legal, scripting, marketing, advisory and supervising capacities.[3]

The crediting of executive producers in the film industry has risen over time. In the mid-to-late 1990s, there were an average of just under two executive producers per film. In 2000, the number jumped to 2.5 (more than the number of standard "producers"). In 2013, there were an average of 4.4 executive producers per film, compared with 3.2 producers.[4]


In television, an executive producer usually supervises the creative content and the financial aspects of a production. Some writers, like Stephen J. Cannell, Tina Fey, and Ryan Murphy, have worked as both the creator and the producer of the same TV show.[5] In case of multiple executive producers on a TV show, the one outranking the others is called the showrunner,[6] or the leading executive producer.


In recorded music, record labels distinguish between an executive producer and a record producer. The executive producer is responsible for business decisions and more recently, organizing the recordings along with the music producer, whereas the record producer produces the music. Sometimes the executive producer organises the recording and selects recording-related crew, such as sound engineers and session musicians.[7]

Video games

In the video game industry, the title "executive producer" is not well-defined. It may refer to an external producer working for the publisher, who works with the developers.

For example, in 2012, Jay-Z was announced as executive producer for NBA 2K13. His role consisted of appearing in an introduction, picking songs for the game's soundtrack and contributing to the design of its in-game menus "and other visual elements".[8][9]


An executive radio producer helps create, develop, and implement strategies to improve product and ratings.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Typically an executiveproducer may handle business and legal issues". Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  2. ^ "What is an ExecutiveProducer?". WiseGEEK. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  3. ^ "ExecutiveProducer (aka Executive in Charge of Production)". Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  4. ^ "How many movie producers does a film need?". Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  5. ^ "In television, an ExecutiveProducer may also be the Creator/Writer of a series". Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  6. ^ "There can be multiple executive producers on a series, but the one in charge is called the showrunner". Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  7. ^ "The executiveproducer usually chooses the musicians and technicians for a record, decides where and when to record, and the production budget and timetable". Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2013. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (|url-status= suggested) (help)
  8. ^ "Argent said Jay-Z's influence would be felt immediately in the game, starting during its video introduction. Jay-Z also handpicked the game's soundtrack". CNN. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Jay-Z NBA 2K13: Rapper Announced As 'ExecutiveProducer'". Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  10. ^ "ExecutiveProducer | Radio & Television Business Report". www.rbr.com. Retrieved 25 March 2018.

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