The Process of Executive Producing

71st Annual Golden Globe Awards - Show - Season 71The entertainment industry is full of new and interesting ideas. Every day there are individuals who come up with what could be the concept for the next big hit series. When that moment of inspiration hits there are steps that have to be taken to become a producer in the world of film and television.

Protect Your Work
The idea of copyright and ownership of ideas is a very confusing manner that is best explained by entertainment lawyers. Most people do not have immediate access to them when they begin to collect their thoughts. Still, there are ways to work around the issue and ensure that you can prove that your original idea is actually your own.

The Writers Guild of America is the best place to start when looking to protect the recently created work. This organization gives you the opportunity to register your content into their database which will give you one weapon against those who may try to steal or claim you have stolen their idea. Costs of registering content are very inexpensive and the process is quick to complete.

The Filming Process
If your idea is worth turning into an actual project then the filming process must be considered going forward. Getting the concept from paper to video can be a long and arduous process but when the finished product is available on screen every hurdle is worth it.

The Paley Center For Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring "Sleepy Hollow"The first step in the filming process is to find a video team that can help you visualize the project. Conduct sit down meetings to flush out treatments and screen descriptions that will help the filming process move along. This is also the time to discuss the costs and process of filming which can immediately blow up a project. Be sure to be very transparent when speaking with a video team and get solid estimates of every step in the process. Communication is key at this point because a misstep can cause your project to never become more than just a thought.

The Final Steps
When your idea has gone from simple thoughts to full product there are additional steps that should be taken to present this content in the best light. Many different production companies are available in the industry that can help take your idea to the next level and hopefully create the type of series that you envision.

It’s important to research any company that you begin to work with. Having a legal counsel become involved is vital at this point. The reason is because discussions around ownership will start to rise and new producers can often lose control of the conversations just to get their idea onto screen. Bringing in a party that has your best interests in mind while not being directly involved in its development will help protect the producers best outcome.

Developing a product from start to finish as a producer is a job that many people dream about having. In order to reach that opportunity, content must be created to pitch to get in front of those with the power to make things happen. These steps are just a small part of the process but still very important in getting the job done.

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