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I’m a writer-director originally from Rhode Island, now living in Los Angeles. I’ve spent the past eleven years working with a writing partner, Joni Lefkowitz, and am now making the transition into feature directing thanks to this script we wrote together and our incredible producer Jordana Mollick.
The first principle of the market economy is that it is comprised of many small buyers and sellers, which implies a substantial degree of equity. Another fundamental market principle is that costs are internalized in the producer’s price.
A lot of what being a producer is, is giving people space. Like psychologically being there to help them realize what they’re trying to do.
One thing about being a stand-up is it’s a one-man show. You gotta do everything. You’re the producer, writer, director, and the actor. You just gotta be out there and perform and give your all. It’s such an honest form of art that it just taught me so much, and it kind of prepared me for manhood at an early age.
The challenge for a director – and I think a lot of directors feel the same way – is that today we have to put on a producer’s hat, too. Meaning, you have to sometimes think of it being ‘business show,’ not just ‘show business.’
It’s a battle between record company, between producer and between mastering engineer. Because the louder you make your record in a digital process, the more dynamics are squished out of it. Nobody knows exactly what happens, but the dynamics in the performance disappear, and everything is at the same volume.
No support of one star or one director or one producer can make any individual actor a star. You have to connect with the audience; the audience have to like you. That is something that cannot be manipulated or fought for or tried for. Either they like you, or they don’t.
I was a TV producer at a noncommercial station, and we were producing some good documentaries – on Head Start, on poverty. But I was struck by the children, and the damage that poverty was doing to them. I didn’t think filming them was helping much, so I wondered how we could use TV for them, to teach them.
I’m trying to break away from doing covers or from being considered only as a YouTube star. I’m a singer, songwriter, sound engineer, and producer.
Earlier in my career, I needed to be the writer, casting director, set designer, leading man, and producer. I’ve been eliminating a lot of those jobs. I’m an executive producer right now. I still get to pick the best screenplays.
I think that one of the greatest perspectives that I have, from being a buyer for my whole career until I became a producer, is that I have a pretty good understanding of the buyer’s mentality.
I did a series called Ned and Stacey for two years for Fox back in the 90s. I was writer on it as well as a producer, and it was very important to me that there were no contemporary references.
Eventually, I want to be a creative producer that isn’t in things. The acting is more of a secondary thing for me now.
I think, in our life I think that when you are an actor, when you are a producer, you have to be very discreet about your personal life, and you have to be closed in, in harmony and in affection and in everything.
When I’m hired just to be an actress, I don’t have to worry about anything else but showing up on set, making sure I know my lines and making sure I know what I’m bringing to the character. When I’m a creator and executive producer, I have to worry about the whole thing.
I would love to do a track with Will.I.Am. He’s always creating amazing songs. I mean, to be honest, Chris Brown has always been amazing, so I would hop on there and let him do his thing and create some magic there. As for a producer, I would love to work with J.R. Rotem. He’s my favorite producer out there.
I finally, you know, moved to Mexico City, where the film industry is. I started working there as a producer, which is a very, very valid thing for women to do, because we always produce for men, right?
I always do stories that I believe in, characters that I find interesting, and directors who I want to work with. All these factors have contributed while making choices and continue to as an actor and as a producer.
I hope to be a producer, a musician, a painter, a photographer – I’m going to push myself to do as many things as I can and see where it goes.
Immediately after the Floyd experience, I became a pop record producer.
I had a meeting with the producer of ‘Five Easy Pieces,’ which is my favorite movie. He introduced me to Francis, and I spent six months going to Napa and Buenos Aires, auditioning for Francis and doing these incredible improvisational games. It was a very bohemian audition process.
I believe how you measure a good movie is how many times you can see it. With comedies, I like to be a producer, because comedies can get corny and go off track real fast. I’m always the ‘less is more‘ guy when it comes to a scene. So I’ma be the one who will keep it grounded.
The best paycheck you can get as a producer and creator is when people are happy to be on the show.
Like a lot of people, I sold my first script in graduate school at UCLA, a ‘Joan of Arc’ for producer Joel Silver.
I know how irritating it is when a producer puts his hand in everything.
My son is a hip-hop producer.
Being an executive producer allows me the opportunity to create original content, and I can’t wait to show my fans what we have in store on ‘Kocktails with Khloe.’
I’m a producer for fun. I’m not a professional schooled musician or anything.
I never, my producer never, we never let myself just sing. We were always trying to get the perfect vocal.
A strategy is something like, an innovative new product; globalization, taking your products around the world; be the low-cost producer. A strategy is something you can touch; you can motivate people with; be number one and number two in every business. You can energize people around the message.
I am more a friend of art than a producer of painting.
I’m a producer, I’m a mom, a friend.
I wanted to make a black story about South Africa. Unfortunately, no producer in the United States would put one penny into a black story.
Liberals complain that coal activity isn’t a major producer of jobs because the industry is producing a lot more coal with a lot fewer workers. That is absolutely true. Ladies and gentlemen, that is called productivity.
I’d really like to do a movie, either as a producer or director. My ultimate fantasy would be to direct a movie and produce the entire soundtrack. I don’t really see myself acting.
Any new producer starting up is to get investors‘ confidence. Investors are still very very wary of anything to do with the arts world.
I spend a lot of time working in the studio as a producer, not just a singer.
I think the rise of China is inevitable, because China has moved from a low-cost producer, at low levels of technology, to higher levels of technology, and because it’s very competitive, even in some high-tech products they offer at very competitive rates – much lower than their competitors.
There’s definitely a couple of people I’ll play stuff to when it’s nearly finished just to see what they think; Mark, our producer, his wife is Australian and just listens to the radio – she‘s awesome – and, I guess, is quite a casual music listener.
Part of our job is to dig deep and rediscover the joy that we had when we were first starting out. Also, when you gain responsibility, if you are the host of a TV show and you have responsibilities as a producer and a writer and so forth, you then have to deal with the mechanics of it, which is not always fun.
When you mix a record that someone else is on, you’ve got to send it to them. They’ve got to like the mix, you got to like the mix, the producer’s got to like the mix. Too many people are involved!
I still can’t quite believe it. Although there was something about the fact that it was a first-time writer, a first-time producer, and a first-time director all at the same time.
Every actor has their own process. For me, I really need to stay in the pocket. So, if I’m on set and I’m in character, I’m not thinking like a producer. If I’m on set and I’m not in character, wardrobe and make-up, and I’m just coming on set for the moments that I’m not shooting, then I’m able to be the producer.
Navigating the studio system has its own challenges, and, as a producer, you want to be astute and clever.
There’s a difference between a beatmaker and a producer.
It is important to be financially savvy when you turn producer. As a director, you just need to have a good script in hand.
I don’t think of myself as a television producer. Obviously, that’s crazy. Because I should. That’s what I do. But I don’t actually see that as my job. It’s why my business cards say ‘storyteller.’
I want to get into producing. I really learned a lot from ‘Girls Next Door.’ Kevin Burns is a great producer. He’s really talented, and he taught me a lot. I’m just looking forward to spreading the wings a little bit. Five seasons on ‘Girls Next Door’ was great, but it gets a little repetitive.
I want to be a producer and not a songwriter.
The artist is seen like a producer of commodities, like a factory that turns our refrigerators.
A lot of people don’t know that before the artist, I wanted to be a writer and producer. That’s always been a love of mine. Its easy for me to do it on myself, but it’s fun to create for someone else.
I’m a producer at heart.
As a producer, I’m quite nurturing, I like working with inexperienced, unseasoned directors.
If I was going to do anything, I’d be a producer, only because I’d like to have a say in what gets made and what doesn’t.
It’s an honour for the entire ‘Baahubali’ team to be associated with Karan Johar, since he is the biggest name in the country as a producer and director with his brand Dharma Productions.
Part of the advantage, and part of the result of trying to be a producer and director, are the practical things, you find. It’s so advantageous to go to a place that you already have a feel for, a literal and spiritual familiarity.
Any part I do is a marriage of the words – what the playwright or producer or show runner‘s vision is – to how I would play it. It took me a while to get rid of ‘Oh, they want it this way, so I’m going to do it how they want it.’
When a producer like Prasad, who knows people’s pulse, is ready to try something new, why not me?
He’s a good tough producer, yes. But I don’t think that he’s unreasonable unless he feels threatened. And when somebody‘s in your home, I think everybody in the home gets threatened.
A producer is bound to market his product with innovative gimmicks and quirky selling techniques, but distributors and exhibitors should not fall prey to it. Don’t buy a film for exorbitant price and crib about losses post the film’s release.
I realized the exciting place was behind the camera with the producer, director and so on.
I famously had a huge television producer say to me one time, ‘Can you please stop doing that to your face? It’s very distracting and unattractive.’ And I was like, ‘You mean move it? Okay, sorry, I guess we’re not going to work together.’
I became a producer because nobody was ready to finance my films.
Madlib isn’t a beatmaker, he’s a producer.
The film ‘The Queen‘ came about with a producer saying to me that he wanted me to write about the circumstances behind Diana‘s death. I think he was hoping that I would come up with some journalistic scoop that would identify an MI5 covert plot.
I take a lot of pride in helping people become great. I think that’s an element of being a producer that people don’t always take in: They want to be great for themselves, whereas I’d like to be recognized as having helped the most people get over the hump.
You want to give the person as much freedom as you can within the boundaries of being a responsible producer with a contract to a studio. It’s about giving as much freedom as you can, and the more the filmmaker proves he or she is on the track that you feel good about, then you just kind of watch dailies.
I feel like a lot of music producers have, like, the same toolbox. And I think, like, to me, as a producer, like, I want something to set my stuff apart.
You know what, I didn’t see myself being an executive producer.
Truth be told, I didn’t want to be on T.V. I was going to be a writer or producer or a director, and at the end of my sophomore year, my department chairman put me up for a job doing weekend weather in Syracuse, New York.
Producer’s Surplus is a convenient name for the genus of which the rent of land is the leading species.
I’m extremely unhappy with the projection of ‘Tum’ as a hot film. It’s demeaning not just to me but to the producer and director.
I consider myself more of a producer and a musician than a DJ.
My mother stayed at home and raised me and my closest sister, and that meant that the American Dream and what he was doing on television as a character and behind the scenes as a producer was producing for us at home, so it is your life.
And ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’ was a very transitional film for me in that I was one of the producers and you know, came up with the idea with the writer and the producer, as well. But, it was a very collaborative event. You know, I really love working in that way.
I had done another show called ‘United States of Cars,’ which was a pilot that didn’t get picked up. And they said, ‘You know, we’re doing ‘Top Gear,’ and would you like to meet the guys?’ It was the wild – most wild audition I ever had because I never went to a studio or a producer’s office.
You can’t be an artist while you’re producing, because you’ll be over-critiquing the producer part.
The best thing about being a film producer is I get to spend 99 per cent of my time behind the scenes.
Luckily, for me, my first producer Sajid Nadiadwala treats both Tiger Shroff and me like his kids. He’s very protective.
When you’re working with a producer, there has to be chemistry.
I’m just a musician and a record producer.
My producer, HH, makes sounds, so I’m writing to his beats.
Mom was a very creative and artistic person and papa is a producer. I’ve grown up in an extremely colourful environment at home and I haven’t been exposed to anything else.
When I’m not singing, I’m a lot of persons: I’m a producer. I’m a badminton player. I’m a writer. I’m a movie freak. I’m a documentary maker.
Yes, I was invited to make the sound environment at a booth of a huge electronic company, during the Hanover Industrial Fair in 1973. It was a job. Slightly good paid. But not as much as my producer then told the press.
I started at the ‘Wall Street Journal Report’ as a production assistant typing chyrons and rolling the teleprompter, and then I became a producer, producing stories in the field, then the show’s line producer.
As an actor, I was often shielded from the big-picture decisions. But as a producer, I experience all the conversations where there’s pushback or a difference of opinion.
My producer, Michael Knox, he’s kind of my eyes and ears on Music Row. While I’m out on the road, he’s looking for songs, and then he and I will get together and go over songs.
I never went to work on a movie set until I was a producer and director.
I said ‘no’ to the ‘Born Survivor‘ producer three times because I’ve never aspired to be a TV man.
A producer friend of mine from film school had read some of my early screenplays – some experiments I had done to see how fast I could write something.
I love producing. My dream as a producer is to be able to build a company that can be a safe haven for artists, for directors and for writers and actors to do what they do best and let them have final edit. I’d like to build something to that effect.
As a producer and DJ, I just like makin’ great music and hot records for the club.
I think it is a wonderful process of transformation from an actress to a producer.
Some directors expect you to do everything; write, be producer, psychiatrist. Some just want you to die in a tragic accident during the shooting so they can get the insurance.
I love to improvise when it’s appropriate and encouraged by a producer.
Rick Rubin was able to do things that Dave Fortman could never do. I’m not trying to take anything away from Dave Fortman as a producer. He’s extremely talented. He wasn’t able to get nine people together on the same page and, to me, that’s the most important thing in making a Slipknot record.
I find, as a woman and as a producer, I spend a lot of time convincing people I actually did the work.
I’m a producer and not a rapper. So I can make any style of music I want. I can make an EDM beat. I can put an EDM track out one day and I can put a grungy hip-hop track out the next day, like, it doesn’t matter.
You see, I believe a producer’s job today is as important as that of a director.
It doesn’t matter how many records you’ve made; there’s always a new experience you can get with a new producer.
The problem is I’m a perfectionist, so the producer might say he’s happy with my vocal take but I’ll say, ‘No, it can be better.’ I’ll do it again and again until I feel I’ve got the truth out of a song.
A song is composed of music and lyrics: 50 percent is the producer, 50 percent is the artist. So, I’m responsible for 50 percent. All I know is that I have to do my job, and I have to do it well. And he has to do the same.
I’m always up for the challenge of doing more and doing different things. I love being inspired like a new producer all over again.
It took 17 years to get ‘Rambling Rose‘ made from the time Calder Willingham wrote the script adapted from his novel. Ed Scherick, the producer, was interested in it. Martha Coolidge was interested in directing it.
I auditioned for a movie recently, and when I went in, the producer said he’d told one of its stars, Naomi Watts, that he was auditioning me, and she’d said, ‘She’s so funny; she’s a great actress – you should hire her.’ What a lovely, kind, and supportive thing to do for another woman.
Every creator has to follow what they believe. That’s the message I would love for every single executive to get, to clearly understand, and every single producer out there.
In film producing, there is an inherent tension between the director, the money and the producer, and that’s what keeps it flowing and honest and accountable.
I like making sounds and putting it together, I’m not just a singer or a producer.
All the skills of housewifery are the ones I’m using as a producer.
Well, a lot of politics is communicating with people, and obviously comedy has something to do with that. I’ve been a producer and led people. Also, being a comedian, you’re under pressure.
To me, as a producer, I always want something to set stuff apart.
There’s been many times when a producer will say, ‘I don’t think you want to say that.’ We were told we shouldn’t be so brutally honest about songwriting or radio or the industry.
My father was a director and producer, so when I was a little kid, he would take me to movies and show me what’s good and what’s not good and why, and often that would take me to a conversation about directing.
I can’t wait to work for Rick Kaplan. He’s a great producer. I would host an infomercial if he would produce it.
My dad is a successful television producer, director and writer and my mom’s a director and writer.
I do media work but I don’t do broadcast on TV. I’m a content producer and creator, so I just go out there and produce awesome content.
I’m a record producer and songwriter; I’m a problem-solver.
Every actor, director, and producer want all their films to do well. So you choose the role carefully, listen to the script, and work hard. But there is no way of predicting whether it will be a hit or a flop.
It takes a lot of drive to succeed as an independent producer.
Part of the fun of working on ‘Beverly Hills, 90210,’ for me, was that I got a lot of freedom from our executive producer, Chuck Rosen, to add things, change things. I got a lot of freedom to be creative.
Working as a producer, an arranger, and, in some cases, as a writer for some other people gave me a super different perspective.
Every single line, every single thing has to be fought over. There’s kind of like an intrinsic doubt from absolutely everyone in my crew, my producer, everyone. It’s not just the film industry – it’s a worldwide thing. It’s the culture of the world to doubt women.
When I’m interviewing on the sofa for ‘This Morning’ it just feels like an intimate chat. Yes, there can be a producer talking through your earpiece but it all becomes second nature after a while.
I only get involved with projects as a producer if I feel creatively inspired.
Honestly, I’m willing to experiment with far more variety in roles than I’m given. But ultimately, it’s the producer’s decision. But, I’ve done a variety of roles – the evil don, the evil husband… I’ve done villainous roles, supporting roles, etc.
I get on really well with Jake Gosling, who is a great producer, and I have written a song with Fraser T Smith.
But I remember feeling as a producer I felt like the guy who called the caterer and got the band; I had to work the party while everybody else was having a good time.
My media career came about by accident. In 2006 I was introduced to Roger Ailes, the President of Fox News Channel, by a friend of mine who was an executive producer. Ailes put me on the air one day, and one week later, I was offered a contract.
I had a couple of producer sessions where I would walk in the room, and the producer would just look at his phone. That’s heartbreaking because it’s so disrespectful.
The beauty of having a producer is that you have someone who says, You’re finished.
All I ever really work for is to be a really good engineer, a good producer, a good executive, good in the world of Beats. That’s power to me.
Everything I make as a producer, I visualize it as a DJ first. And all those beats, I test them as a DJ.
I have become a full-fledged producer. I spend a lot of time on pre-production work.
An associate producer is the only guy in Hollywood who will associate with a producer.
When you work on a Jerry Bruckheimer film, you can be sure of two things: no production value will be spared, and the catering will be as fine as any really really good restaurant. Jerry is an amazing producer, with a commitment to his films second to none.
Everyone wants to work with the big new producer or the hot new singer. The key is to find them before they’re hot.
So dance music is now pop music. So now, as a dance producer, what do I have to do? So I’m starting to do alien music, because pop is not pop anymore; we need to go alien to be independent.
I was in a TV show called ‘Lucky’ on FX. The casting director from ‘Lucky’ was casting ‘Dragon Wars’. She called me in to meet with the producer and audition, and I got it from there.
Nobody understands what a producer does.
I was in the National Academy of Fine Arts and Design, on a scholarship. I was – still am – an artist. They were looking for an actor for ‘Take a Giant Step,’ and a producer liked my look and asked if I could act. I said, ‘Yep!’ Then I got into acting more or less just to make money for paints and canvases.
Some people work very closely with a director or a producer on something, and from the get go, they’re collaborating. But typically, it’s just go in for an audition, do the best you can, and if the phone rings a couple of days after the audition and you get the part, that’s great.
Making assumptions taught me a lot as a producer, because it’s something I never do now.
I didn’t ever plan to be a producer, and I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into.
When I successfully bring the Mamas & the Papas movie to fruition, I hope that people will say, ‘She’s also a producer.’
I want to be known simply as a producer who makes music.
Oh, well, in Los Angeles everybody is an actor, or a producer, or a writer, or a director, or an agent, or… So everybody understands the hours.
I was a dog groomer. I delivered radiators; I was a photography producer. I typed classified ads for many years. It was my longest term job – years of typing classified ads while I was in bands.
I would love to work with Calvin Harris because I think he’s a really good songwriter and producer and he does everything, which I like.
The difference with doing a play is that you are in control. In film you are in the hands of the director and the editor and the producer.
I have been a producer and director for many years, and I can say it’s really difficult for women, although the women in Mexico suffer as much as other women in the world. The first thing is to get respect for the work you do. Then it is about getting the money. And this respect comes little by little over the years.
Some nightlife places, people aren’t there for the music, and it’s depressing. I’m not just a club DJ; I am a producer, and I’ll only DJ when the crowd is there to enjoy the music.
Every artist and every song has an idea, and the producer’s job is to capture it.
I wanted to be a film and television writer and producer.
In ‘Maaya,’ I’m going shirtless for the first time in my career. My producer requested me to take off my shirt in one of the scenes. I have been working extremely hard to flaunt a perfect body for the scene.
When you tell your kids they can be anything, you’ve got to be careful. I told my kids that, and I ended up with a music producer and an interior designer. But they’re doing it.
The only place where any artist feels liberated is doing independent music. I have had great experience making music for The Dewarists and Coke Studio. No actor, producer or label is telling me what to do with my music. I’m the boss. It is my life, my expression.
For a director and a producer to be named on the writing credits is practically unheard of.
If you have a perfect script, the right actors and technicians, and a good producer, direction is the most enjoyable profession in the world.
Timbaland is my favorite producer.
If did go back to school, I would want to learn another aspect of the entertainment industry like to become a producer or an agent, you need a law degree.
If you really want to be a music producer, stop watching ‘Friends’ when you get home from school. Start trying to make music. If you’re not going to try, then it’s impossible. When you try, it’s always possible.
Honestly, I want to do films. I want to make that move from actor to producer, like Will Smith.
A producer has to know all about everything from set-building to costumes to acting.
When I was younger I was influenced by Kanye, his story of coming up and how he kept producing and producing and saying, ‘I’m more than just a producer. I’m more than just a writer. I’m more than just a guy in the studio here to give you ideas. I have a story.’
I am happy writing and being a producer not a director.
Sometimes a producer and an artist get together and they make magic like Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson. As far as my own music career – you could liken my chemistry with Timbaland to Marty Scorsese and Robert De Niro.
When I started, I felt that there was this incredible amount of doubt of my ability as a producer.
I don’t know for a fact, but I feel fairly certain that the first person who described a movie as ‘character driven’ had to have been a producer or studio executive.
Since I met Starsmith, my producer, I really feel like I’m making music because we write it together and produce it together. I’ve got a proper involvement in the end product as opposed to just writing a song and finding someone else to produce it.
Ultimately, I am very filmmaker oriented, as a producer.
It was a dream come true, as in my first film, I have Rajkumar Hirani as the producer and Madhavan as my co-star. Who can get a better role than this?
You always want to be innovating and creating what’s next. Versatility is also really important for a producer.
Our producer Jon Davison thought it would be a good idea to put in additional TV scenes. So, they sent me a tape of these additional TV scenes, and I watched them, and I didn’t think they were that great. I didn’t think it was worth putting them in.
I never planned to become a dancer, but I became one. The same thing happened with acting and direction. I remember I was doing the choreography of a film, and the producer came and offered me to direct the film. It was in Telugu, and that is how it started.
Once I started ‘Nagaram Nidrapotunna Vela’ I had to finish it. I made a wrong decision. I knew the film would be a flop and told the producer so. Everyone failed – director, producer and all.
It’s really interesting to just look at the career of a musician and a producer that went into many different genres and many different styles and many different places but always breaking the barriers between genres and at some point reinventing himself all along the way but also inventing things at the same time.
I’m the only female producer on Impact, and they’re very supportive, the men.
I had completely changed from being a mixtape DJ to being a producer and working with Nas and stuff like that.
I remember the first 45 record I bought. It was called ‘A Dog a Donut’; it was a breakbeat. Actually, I think I bought two at one time, and the other one was ‘Dance to the Drummer‘s Beat.’ Those are breakbeats. I paid a dollar for it, for each one. Your average producer or DJ would know who came out with those.
I vicariously lived the life of an independent producer from the time I was four years old. And what was always important was writing, writing, writing.
I would always rather be working on the band. All that other stuff is stuff I really enjoy doing, but I don’t consider it… like, I don’t want to be a producer. I don’t consider that as my life’s goal.
I’m unapologetic about multi-tasking. From being a television producer to a musician, an actor, and a film producer, I would like to believe there has been growth in my career.
It was a very difficult time, 1984. ‘Happy Days‘ ended. I said, ‘There’s no way I can be a producer.’ My attorney said, ‘You’ll learn.’ The first thing we sold was the ‘MacGyver’ television series. We shot 139 episodes between 1985 and 1992.
By the time I was ten, everyone knew I wanted to be a producer. I was a very precocious little boy.
It is hard for me to understand why we tolerate so many barriers to agriculture trade when America is the No. 1 producer of agriculture products. I think opening up markets – more markets for agricultural sales is a very high priority for us.
Most films I work on, the people making the film are constantly second-guessing the executives of the studio, the producer, and the audience. It is very hard to accomplish anything in that situation.
I realized that I wanted to get better in every way. As a person, as a friend, as a songwriter, as a musician, as an artist, record producer, you name it.
I’m a very good listener. I think that’s one of the things that makes me a good producer. But it’s a challenge for me because my custom is to listen and absorb what someone is saying and take it in, and not necessarily comment.
When I was in college, I studied business because I thought I wanted to be a director and producer.
I’m developing some screenplays at the moment with my Australian producer.
I want to be a director, producer, and a writer. And an actor. So, like, all the things in acting, basically.
You can call me a beat-maker, but I’m a record producer.
There is no casting director; there is no producer monitoring your upload button. Anyone that looks like anyone can upload a video. I think YouTube and the digital space does set a really good example for the rest of the industry in that sense.
You know, what a producer does is one of the great mysteries in life, so anyone can be one.
A producer gets the whole vision done from top to bottom, to making the record to having the record delivered to the world. That’s a producer.
Mustard believes in me so much. It’s good to have a mentor that’s been through it. Even though he’s a producer, he’s been a new artist.
Everyone wants to be a writer, director, producer. I don’t have the imagination for that, but, hopefully, I can continue to act.
The sound of ‘Take Her Up to Monto’ and ‘Hairless Toys‘ is the sound of me and the producer in the studio doing whatever we like. There is no reference. It’s too easy to be referential now; I’m trying to find something else.
The majority of people know me as a dancer, but they don’t also know that I’m a director, a songwriter and a producer.
I like to entertain people according to what they’re saying entertains them. As an artist, musician, songwriter and producer, I sit back and hear it, and… if that’s what y’all like, I can do that.
Before I became an actor, I was a producer and a visual effects supervisor. Our industry wasn’t making the kind of films I was interested in.
As a producer and director, I’ve tried for years to get properties off the ground for girls, and I’ve been hitting a brick wall.
Some artists want a producer to be a kind of svengali – someone who actually creates a sound for them.
I am happy being an actor. Donning the hat of a producer was a tough job and a different experience, as it involved watching the crew’s requirements, keeping track of the finances, and also perfecting my role as an actor. But it was a tremendous learning experience.
I wouldn’t do the music thing if it weren’t for my brother, who’s a producer. He understands me and helps my vision come to life.
I discovered early in my movie work that a movie is never any better than the stupidest man connected with it. There are times when this distinction may be given to the writer or director. Most often it belongs to the producer.
I’d never thought of directing as an option for me. I don’t know why, because I’m incredibly bossy. I was surprised how collaborative it is. As the producer, you have to get the money and schedule on time, and that’s not what I do best.
Jerry Bruckheimer really is an executive producer, who obviously is the most successful producer in the history of film and television.
I always make sure my film benefits my producer and earns him a profit.
As a producer, you’re pretty much creating a body of work that an artist has to stand behind.
The thing people forget about Kevin Shirley a lot of the time is that he’s not only a great producer, he’s also a world-class engineer. He really knows how to get a sound.
When I do an album I try to find a producer that’s excited about something that they want me to sing, and I check with the record company to find out what they think they can sell – which is their No. 1 priority.
I want to be an executive producer.
I would say the most important aspect of direction is that you, as a director, and your producer need to be on the same page, the same line of thinking. If that doesn’t happen in the beginning of the film, then that will show in the final product 100 percent.
With our producer, Greg Fidelman, it was really a joy to work with him and to try different things and experiment.
If you got a vibe with a producer I think you should go full-fledged instead of being satisfied with two songs.
It’s a hindrance in trying to get a serious acting role. The minute a producer has a script and my name comes up, they immediately think of ‘Playboy,’ ‘Hee Haw,’ ‘Fantasy Island’ and ‘Love Boat.’
Though Mohyeldin’s journalistic reputation continues to grow – born in Egypt, raised in Michigan, started as a gofer for NBC News, reared as a producer at CNN, first appeared on-camera for Al Jazeera in 2006 – his is hardly a household name, not in America at least.
You can’t be in a bubble being a producer. You have to keep up on what’s happening at all times.
I realized that I need to protect my films because the director will move on, the producer will move on too, but as an actor I will be considered a flop if things will not work.
I do a lot of co-writing with my producer RedOne, and then a lot on my own. I just like to be creative.
When I worked with M.I.A., who was, like, the coolest person back then, she was just a girl I met on the Internet. Or even when I met Azealia Banks on Myspace, I never thought, ‘Oh, she’s cool.’ I just loved what she was doing. So I’ve always been like that. And I think, as a producer, that’s what you’ve gotta do.
As a producer, I always want to know what makes the kids tick.
I had 25 or 30 songs. Sequencing the record, I left that to the producer. I’m not into doing that stuff.
It was immediately apparent that it was full of tricky ingredients to balance. In fact, I found it very intriguing. What held me back from saying yes to the producer was that I wasn’t sure who could play Truman.
It’s very hard to not give in, to sell your soul: to flatter a more experienced male person of power, a producer or director, in order to get what you want. You feel a pressure to flutter your eyelashes and flirt because you know that will work, and I think it’s admirable to not do that.
The term ‘Consulting Producer’ is extraordinarily nebulous in TV, and it really means something different depending on the show and the specific circumstances negotiated.
The business today is completely different and it’s very producer driven, so that a songwriter needs to have producing chops, be a singer/songwriter, or find a singer to develop.
I don’t make my living writing; I make my living as a producer and as a director.
Back 20 years ago, I was recording with Bruce Springsteen, and his producer called me and said I had to be in the studio the next day to finish the sessions, and I couldn’t. I had to be in court, in California. All this took like 10 years out of my life.
Got two kids; one’s a record producer who lives just up the road from me – great guitarist and piano player, too.
I traveled the world as a DJ, as a singer, as a songwriter, as a producer.
So I became a producer because I knew one of the reasons was they didn’t do them the way I thought was right.
My husband himself is a producer, so we know the practical difficulties of producers.
If making movies was easier, there’d be a lot more good movies. So you kind of learn that if it’s just a good script, or if it’s just a good producer, that’s not always enough. You need an entire team of creative people coming together.
I think a lot of what I loved being a studio executive was the variety and freedom. But now, as a producer, you’re much more able to enjoy those two things. What I loved about it doesn’t necessarily exist anymore.
What turns me on about the digital age, what excited me personally, is that you have closed the gap between dreaming and doing. You see, it used to be that if you wanted to make a record of a song, you needed a studio and a producer. Now, you need a laptop.
Israel is a producer of growth.
Most people want to become movie stars and I just want to be in the business. I already was a star. If I get the part of a lifetime and it blows up, then that’s wonderful. But if the acting doesn’t work, fine. I’ll just be a producer. And if the producing doesn’t work, fine. I’ve got a lot of other stuff.
Benzino has a long, credible history as a rapper and as a producer.
Being a consumer of conservative news sites as well as a producer of one, I felt like Drudge’s site abandoned that.
Originally a record producer more or less hired a bunch of professionals to participate in a recording session, the performers and the technicians, and a music director was put in charge. That directly related to a film producer’s job.
I’ve never had to fight for a role. Call it my ego or my self-respect, but I won’t pick up the phone and call a producer and fight or ask for a role. That’s not me. I’ve always got the best, and my work speaks for itself.
But I’m a historian. I wasn’t interested in just being a producer, I was interested in doing research and presenting that research to a general public.
There’s one thing which I hate about color films… people who use up a lot of their despairing producer’s money by working in the laboratory to bring out the dominant hues, or to make color films where there isn’t any color.
I didn’t understand that I couldn’t just leave and become sort of a semi-regular. I had to be sat down by the line producer, Carol Himes, in my dressing room and told, ‘I hear you’re thinking about going to college.’
I thought I wanted to work in music production for a while. I worked for a film producer. Then I was given the opportunity to open a bar in New York. So, I was like, ‘You know what, I’m going to give it a shot.’
Thanks to the abundance of shellfish in Puget Sound, Washington State is the largest oyster producer in the country.
If there is a public perception at all, they see the producer as a big old guy who smokes a cigar and has lots of money and lots of power. That’s not what a producer is and, if it ever was what a producer was, it certainly hasn’t been for a long time.
There’s not a single doubt in my mind that the whole of Chrysler organization views itself as an American car producer.
I feel like if you sit down and have an assistant engineer and a producer in a top-notch studio and everyone sets up all the mikes perfect, all of a sudden it’s really hard to live that melancholy song. It’s hard to really live it in the moment.
The same historical development that turned the citizen into a client transformed the worker from a producer into a consumer.
My mum’s father was a producer and her mother was an actress, so my mum was fully behind me going into acting.
Dan Curtis, our producer, has the idea that people like to see a stock company of actors.
It’s just that back then we didn’t know that was considered being a coproducer. I would sit on the side and say what I wanted musically, but at the time we thought if you aren’t the one playing it, you don’t get the credit. Now you’ll start seeing my name listed as producer.
Nothing means more to me than making the best music and me getting better as a writer and producer… I want you to know I work really hard. The bar is really high.
I’m a horrible producer when it comes to me, but for other artists, I don’t know what it is, but something happens, and I’m just really good at it.
I will never become a director or a movie producer. I was always looking at picture directing because I didn’t know what to do! You can’t be a movie director without real preparation.
What I do is I basically make records to please myself first and foremost, and so one of the most important things for me as a musician and a writer and a producer is to feel like there’s always a sense of evolution and reinvention with each record.
I guess I’m a good manager now. Moreover, I’m loving the concept of donning the producer’s hat. It’s all very exciting as well as a great learning experience. You’re a part of a film right from its conception to its execution, and that’s an amazing feeling.
I personally see myself as a musician in the first place. You know, I don’t want to say I will be a producer and DJ for the rest of my life. I can totally see myself being in another band in five years, if that’s what my heart and soul wants to do, if that’s what will make me happy. I’m totally happy to just not DJ anymore.
I’ve been in various roles in TV – writer, producer, associate director.
I’ve struggled a lot to get where I am. I initially got rejected by every producer. But no complaints. I enjoyed each and every moment of the struggle. My first break came in 1997 from Krishna Vamsi and then Puri Jagannadh, who is my closest friend. I owe everything I am to him. Our careers have evolved simultaneously.
I’m trying to learn things behind the camera and what a producer does and shadowing the directors.
You can sit around and complain that Hollywood doesn’t make any good movies. But you can generate your own material. So I read books. I come up with ideas. I was the producer on ‘The Woodsman’ to help get that off the ground. Sometimes that extends itself to directing.
As a producer or financier, you are going to go where you get the best bang for your buck.
When I started writing the screenplay for ‘The Queen,’ about the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana, both Stephen Frears, the director, and Andy Harries, the producer, begged me not to put Tony Blair in it.
I never turned down anything and never argued with any producer or director.
Whether you’re a DJ, whether you a rapper, whether you a producer, take it seriously. This is an occupation – you can get paid – don’t expect to blow up overnight, and appreciate when you do get paid any type of money, appreciate it.
It was not easy to convince someone to put their hard-earned money into my work. But if we have the talent and confidence and if the producers are confident of your work, it is not difficult to get a producer.
I think writing and singing go together, but I treat them as two separate careers because I write for others. If I’m writing for myself, I prefer to be with the producer. And then we can vibe out and throw ideas back and forth, and I’ll basically let the producer play me a bunch of beats until I vibe with one.
I’m not a writer, director or producer.
The majority of the cocoa that we eat, it is actually produced by young kids which are being enslaved in the plantations of the Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast is the largest producer of cocoa.
I came home in the afternoon to sleep, and there was this e-mail from Comedy Central saying they were interested in having me be part of this new show called ‘Jump Cuts‘! So I called them right away, and the producer started laughing and said, ‘We sent that e-mail one minute ago – you’re so fast!’
My father Kamran Khan was a successful producer, director and actor in B-grade films.
I do not need a producer. I need only a good production manager. I need only a man who will give me money.
I mean, I’m new but I’ve always been very interested in film making process and I’ve been lucky enough to work with film makers in my past that have been very encouraging to let me hang around. I get so emotionally vested – that the producer part of me was natural.
The experience of being a young, blonde, naive but well-intentioned young producer was both intimidating and eye-opening.
As an executive producer, I feel really lucky.
I used to chop up C-Span soundbites or interviews with politicians like John Kerry or Bill Clinton into a radio-esque show hosted by Awkwafina and her producer, Mookie. I would pitch down my vocals to have male guests and would send them to a small circle of friends after they were done.
After all, at end of the day, when you’re breathing your last, it’s not your producer, director, or cast mates by your bedside; it’s your children. Keep that in mind.
No producer should revive a play unless they have a very good reason for it. I think there’s quite enough about a good play to make it available to new audiences.
To take a whole load for a whole album on yourself is very challenging and kind of hard to execute when you don’t have a reputation as a producer. If you do it for fun, you get a good outcome.
My work ethic is crazy. I’m a producer, an artist, and a video director.
From my experience as an actor, choreographer, action director, and producer, I understand the elements and the dynamics of being a film maker.
I want to put a face to my music, I don’t want to be a faceless producer or faceless artist.
In the not-for-profit world, I never felt that being female was an impediment. I was, however, given my break into commercial theatre by a female producer, Judy Craymer, and women – in particular, Donna Langley, president of production at Universal – were crucial in giving ‘Mamma Mia’ a home in Hollywood.
A consistent anarchist must oppose private ownership of the means of production, and the wage-slavery which is a component of this system, as incompatible with the principle that labor must be freely undertaken and under the control of the producer.
A box-office number is good for a producer and the industry to keep the turnover game on, but as an actor, I give importance to script. I will turn down a script, even if it guarantees Rs. 100 crore, when I’m not convinced with it.
Even though I’ve been making electronic music since I was 14, it’s hard for people to see you as a producer with a musical identity when you’re contextualized in a band that performs on a stage.
It is every producer’s dream to be part of a dedicated, hard-working team that produces an outstanding broadcast like the ‘CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.’
In the case of Roadcase Royale, everyone in the band has a lot to offer as a writer and producer.
I can’t think of any musician or producer who has influenced me more than Brian Eno. From when he was in Roxy Music, producing Devo, the Talking Heads and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.
I’m actually just a terrible husband and a terrific exec producer. We just actually stay together for our careers. We look to the Clintons.
I work with any producer that brings me a hot beat, but you don’t always know if it’s a sample.
My passion is becoming involved in good work, whether that means as an actor or writer or director or producer or all – that is not as important to me.
I’m the one who’s dating the craft-service guy instead of the producer. Plus, if a producer is going to date a hot young thing, I’m probably not the first person on their list – the weird, quirky, funny girl.
I am glad I have experienced being a producer.
Acting has been my first passion, and turning a producer was a natural progression.
India needs better producers than screenwriters. No producer wants to invest in out-of-the way scripts.
And I may often question choices I make as a producer. But I’ve never questioned the choices I make as a director.
I’ve always been an independent producer. I’d kind of like to be hired help for a change. I don’t mind that.
Whether you’re an actor, producer, writer, or director, it’s all about the story you’re going to tell.
The people on ‘Quintuplets’ were great, but I wasn’t a producer on that show, and it wasn’t exactly my taste.
I have never pressurized a producer to do me any favor.
C Kalyan has been amazing and totally committed as a producer.
Some people see Jermaine Dupri as a producer, and they don’t really know what the songwriting skills are.
When I’m making a film, I don’t want my producer to be on the sets. So when I’m producing a film, I don’t want to be on the sets!
Chemistry is not anything an executive producer or writer can orchestrate or plan; you just hope for it.
I was India’s youngest producer. I was 21 when I produced my first film. I’ve continued to produce films because of the people who have worked with me and supported me.
A lot of nepotism that exists, actually, exists outside this industry because in this industry, behind the camera a director’s son becomes a director and a producer’s son becomes a producer and that is still understandable that they are carrying their legacy but for actors, it is very very different.
Honestly, I don’t think it’s harder to be a producer as a woman. I think it helps me because I don’t get bogged down in shows of male dominance that can sometimes get in the way of the best idea prevailing.
Now that I have better producer chops, a country album is something I want to do one day. I don’t know who’s going to put it out. But when I do, I don’t think people will call it ‘country music.’ They’ll probably call it ‘neo-soul.’
If a movie doesn’t even have financing yet, they’ll do a table read for it at a casting director’s office with actors, for the producer and the writer, just to hear if the movie is working.
I’d had colleagues tell me, ‘You should be calling games.’ But to actually have a producer call me and say, ‘We want you in the booth,’ I was like, What?
I love being in front of the camera but I love the fact that I have more control as a producer.
J Dilla is the top producer of all time, in my book, alongside Timbaland and Pharrell. Then DJ Mustard.
Today a record producer is even more involved and is often the production’s sole musician, one person playing all the instruments one-by-one.
It’s understanding the intention of a composer that allows a producer and an arranger to make those moments speak.
Most of the time, I write songs with the arrangements all at once, in my head. There’s the producer side of me that’s always thinking sounds, like, ‘Wouldn’t this be a great sound if it existed to put in front of a song, to open it up, and then, when it did its thing, something else would happen?
I see myself maybe being, like, a movie producer or screenwriter or a novelist or a scientist or mathematician.
I always wish I had a road map for how to navigate my life as a parent and a producer, but in truth, it’s a lot of trial and error.
At O’Reilly, the way we think about our business is that we’re not a publisher; we’re not a conference producer; we’re a company that helps change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators.
One thing I’ve learned is that the best thing a producer can do is help you be you.
I’ve been on so many movies. Generally, I haven’t gotten to be on the ground level. As of two years ago, in ‘Dear John,’ I got to really be on the ground floor. I wasn’t a producer. I felt like I put the work in, and I did have a lot of sway on what got fixed, reshoots, so on and so forth. It felt really good.
I don’t think you can mix classical music and reggae. It’s not possible. But some producer in, like, Norway is going to put it together.
Part of my growth as a producer was not just about making beats but also helping in the process of inspiring the song and making the song the center.
I want to direct more often. The job of a producer brings its own benefit as you start to see the simplicity of film making. But yes there is a constant battle between the director and producer in me.
Rick Rubin is super intriguing to me because he has become this god producer in completely drastically different genres, which very few people have done.
I really hope someday in Hollywood, some producer or director will hire me only to do drama.
I didn’t want to have people open doors for me. My dad never made a call on my behalf to anyone – not to a producer, a director, or a casting agent.
Innovation comes from the producer – not from the customer.
As much as any other producer in the modern movie age, Harvey Weinstein has been a subject of media fascination. The grossness, the bullying, the unbridled exercising of personal power, the craven appetites, the awards and his good taste in films fed that fascination.
Since signing with Universal, I have been working closely with Gary Ross, the director, producer and screenwriter. We have spent many hours on the phone, and I’ve been sending him information and items that have been useful to the writing process.
I like so many kinds of music, and I work with so many kinds of music as a producer. When you work in 14 different genres, I find myself writing in those genres.
Labrinth is a super talented singer, producer, songwriter from London.
My siblings are so talented. My sister’s a producer, and my brothers and I all write.
I got out of high school, bought a recording studio and started operating it as an engineer and a producer.
As a producer, I probably am a little stronger than most, since I was a director originally.
The main thing about being a producer and not a beatmaker, the difference is the ear.
I think people really don’t understand what a producer does versus what a director does. I mean, the producer is often the person that is on the movie the longest – it’s their material that they are then bringing the director onto to bring it to the screen. Are we overlooked? Absolutely.
I used to have sort of mixed feelings about a producer whose only skills seemed to be going into the studio, schmoozing the artists and making them feel good. I can see now that in some cases, that’s what you have to do because that’s the only way you’re going to get them to produce.
I thought I’d be a low-key producer or something, politics and film at the same time. But also, I’m not a big movie person – my girlfriend gets mad at me because I go to sleep whenever we go to the movies.
I think the best thing about performing as producer is to hear the fans sing along with your tunes.
At that time, I was signed to Columbia Records as an Independent Producer. I spent many weeks forming, auditioning, rehearsing and recording demos for Kenny, who was finally signed to Columbia Records.
I would like to produce films, but I feel I am an unsuccessful producer. That’s the fact.
I am a perfectionist and the only reason why I started producing is because I didn’t want to argue with a producer.
I play a lot of instruments. I write all my own music. I spend hours and hours a day in the studio. I’m a producer. I’m a writer.
Jon Scoffield was an incredible director and producer at ATV. I met him when I was 30 and he made great things happen in my career. He’s still alive, but we’re no longer in touch.
I’m obviously really opinionated, but as a producer, you don’t necessarily want the person you’re working with to try to impress you – you want them to just be themselves. Then you can edit or mess around with what they’ve come up with. But you have to allow the artist that space.
I was an artist, I was executive producer on my first album, so I’ve always had to manage both. I couldn’t get a record deal. It wasn’t by choice – I couldn’t get a record deal, so I had to figure it out.
During the late ’50s, I had worked on the script of Ben-Hur in an office next to that of the producer Sam Zimbalist.
In 2009, I served as AARP’s Ambassador of Caregiving. With a producer and cameraman, I traveled the country for months, interviewing hundreds of caregivers.
The good thing about not speaking the language is you just listen. You listen to everyone, every producer, every writer.
I was the youngest producer of a national television show when I was twenty-five. I took it to 182 markets. Tremendous success.
I’m a real genre jumper, but all good music belongs to the same family. I love Dave Sitek, a producer I’ve been working with a lot since I moved to L.A. He will change the game.
Studios are an assembly line. They can be a very good assembly line. As a producer, you concentrate on one project at a time. As an executive, you’re in charge of a slate.
With pretty much everything that I’ve done, in terms of going from being a songwriter and producer for other artists to doing my stuff, all the songs that I’ve kept to myself have always been me writing about my life.
I always believed in curating content, and the only way to do in our country is by turning producer. So then, I thought, lets turn producer and see how it goes.
As a producer, sitting on the other side of the desk, I have never once had an agent go out on a limb for his client and fight for him. I’ve never heard one say, ‘No, just a minute! This is the actor you should use.’ They will always say, ‘You don’t like him? I’ve got somebody else.’ They’re totally spineless.
As somebody who has been an executive producer on a television series, I can tell you that increasing director diversity is as simple as hiring more women and more people of color.
Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don’t see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself.