In the entertainment industry, a producer is generally in charge of, or helps to coordinate, the financial, legal, administrative, technological, and artistic aspects of a production.
Types of producers include:
- In theatre, a theatrical producer;
- In movies and television, a film producer or television producer, respectively — often qualified with one of the following titles:
- Associate producer - performs limited producing functions under the authority of a producer; often in charge of the day-to-day running of a production
- Coordinating producer - coordinates the work of two or more producers working separately on one or more productions
- Co-producer - typically performs producing functions in tandem with one or more other co-producers (working as a team, rather than separately on different aspects of the production)
- Executive producer - supervises one or more producers in all aspects of their work; sometimes the initiator of the production; usually the ultimate authority on the creative and business aspects of the production (except to the extent that a film director retains creative control )
- Line producer - supervises the physical and aspects of the production (not the creative aspects), including personnel, technology, budget and scheduling considerations — see also unit production manager
- Segment producer - produces one or more constituent parts of a multipart production (e.g., a television newsmagazine program)
- Supervising producer - supervises one or more producers in some or all aspects of their work; usually works under the authority of an executive producer
- In the music recording industry, a record producer;
- In the video game (and computer game) industry, a game producer.
In economics, a producer is an individual or organization that creates goods or services.
A producer is also a slang term in Britain. It comes from the word produce. It refers to a requirement by the police for the driver of a car to present documents at a police station. The form issued is a HO/RT1. Under the Road Traffic Act (1988) it is an offence to drive without certain documents, but the documents do not need to be available for immediate inspection. They can be kept safely at home or anywhere else. The required documents — driving licence, insurance certificate and MOT test certificate — must be produced at a police station within seven days. The driver chooses the police station. Failure to produce the documents in a timely manner can result in a fine.