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05/04/2001 - Television Long Form ? Production, Phase 2
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How to Produce Movies for Television


"There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment."

--Norman Vincent Peale

Natural born leaders are enthusiastic by nature. The same applies to most Showrunners and Executive Producers. Not only do they know how to get the job done-their enthusiasm inspires the cast and crew to do their very best too.

Last week we had focused on Television Long Form -Development/Pre- Production - Phase 1.

This week we'll conclude with Television Long Form - Production, Phase 2 and Post-Production, Phase 3.

Television Long Form - Production, Phase 2

Showrunners and Executive Producers provide the following services:

They oversee and approve deals for all the principal components of the production.

They supervise the Unite Production Manager (UPM)

They provide in-person consultation with the director, the principal cast and the production designer.

They help to select the composer.

They provide in-person consultation on the set design, set dressings, locations and props.

They prove in-person consultation on visual and mechanical effects (wherever applicable).

They provide in-person consultation on wardrobe, make-up and hair .

They manage and approve the weekly cost report.

They supervise "on-set" and on a regular basis the day-to-day operation of the shooting company and of all talents and crafts.

They screen the "daillies"/"rushes" and provide in person-consultation with the director and editor.
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Television Long Form (cont'd.)

Post-Production, Phase 3

Showrunners and Executive Producers provide the following services:

They prove in-person consultation with the editor.

They view and appraise the director's cut.

They are involved in the approval of the final cut.

They provide in-person consultation with the composer.

They supervise the music recording sessions.

They supervise the titles and opticals process.

They provide in-person consultation on the answer print or edited master

They provide in-person consultation on marketing plans and materials.

They provide in-person consultation on the plans for distribution and exploitation..

They participate in-person in coordinating the publicity process.

They participate in-person in the exploitation of the production in all ancillary markets.

Next week we'll list a number of stars who have formed their own motion picture and television production companies and explain the reasons why stars have decided to become producers.


"Integrity is one of several paths. It distinguishes itself from the others because it is the right path, and the only one upon which you will never get lost."

-- M.H. McKee

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