Television Production 101

Are there swollen heads and big egos in the field of television production?

Some people get swelled heads when they become television producers. In order to do the best for your own show, your own career and your own life, stay out of the swelled-head syndrome and remember that even though all producers are different and unique, they are all equal. Television production, you hear these words and automatically you think “fame”, “celebrities”, “do what you want to do”, “fabulous networking” and so many other wonderful things. You rarely stop and think about all the work that is done behind the scenes, and all the work that is done even before you are due to arrive at the television studio.

If you find some producers who are bossy or disrespectful, follow your gut instinct and steer clear of them.

The most important thing however, is to find out for yourself about producers. Never cave in to listening to gossip. There are those who talk about other producers and those who begin rumors. Once a rumor starts it might snowball and be far from the truth and far from reality. So, when looking for help for your own shows, observe, and get your experience first hand–not from gossip.

Being in “good standing” might mean that the producer returns equipment on time and that the producer has not been suspended or banned from the building. Find out if producers are in good-standing with the studio by inquiring at the Public Equipment Room. You can check there for names of producers who can help you with your own shows.

Here is what I have learned at cable television– that most of the great shows have great producers but they have no swelled heads. In other words, working with them on a show is no power trip, it’s a good, mutual team experience. Once you have a producer whose only main purpose is to produce a great show–at the expense of other’s, then the main purpose is worthless. In producing all good shows, one needs to remember to respect all crew members and to treat everyone as you wish they treat you. In other words, respect, professionalism, honesty television production and integrity, first, and everything else after that comes easily.

These online lessons are not intended to be for any technical instruction, but mostly for the social aspect of producing television shows. (There are, besides the social aspect lessons, some lessons that give leads to good sites, information about photography. I recommend the community access classes that are given in Brooklyn. If you have opportunity to attend any of those classes, you will be doing yourself a great service, even if you have already been to film or other kind of schools. Other recommendations that I offer are John Hedgecoe books (check the library), and the Kodak series on photography.

Our first lesson in television production is one that is left out of all formal training. After being at the studio for a number of years and having interactions with many students and producers, I noticed that there are a handful of producers who have not adjusted to the professionalism in the area of respect and good, balanced leadership.

Good, Respectful Producers Wanted:

I am always seeking good producers for the show and you are welcome to join our team anytime you like. If you are serious about television production, send us an email and we will get back to you. (I am not selling anything; I produce shows for free and do not charge any talent, hosts or producers any fees at all. It is all good and free). What you do receive is a great experiences working with a good, experienced producer. You can contact us before you even graduate and we will invite you to be in our audience if you would like to see what our shows are like or what the process is.

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