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Production buyers shop for a living. They work on big budget programmes that require a lot of props, such as entertainment shows and quizzes.
The hair and make-up designer is a celebrity’s secret weapon. They ensure presenters, and all the other contributors appearing on camera, look their very best on the show.
The hair and make-up artist is the person you’ll want to know if you are going to appear on TV.
Costume supervisors keep everything shipshape in the 'wardrobe department' and thrive on being organised.
Costume designers design, create or hire costumes worn by participants competing in talent, sports or games.
The role of an art director varies slightly depending on the kind of programme being produced.
Art department runners get to know the jobs of everyone in the art department by doing basic running duties for them all, both within the department and between the art and other departments and businesses such as paint suppliers.
Art department assistants help the whole art department, but particularly the art director.
VT editors work on studios and outside broadcasts, making the short films that go into a programme.
Series producers (SPs) are responsible for the content of an entire series of programmes.
Runners, in the unscripted TV industry, are those on the front line. They’re always ready to lend a hand.
Researchers are key to any production because they find the people, the places, the facts, figures and stories that are at the heart of every TV show.
Question producers have great general knowledge and an appreciation for TV quiz and game shows.
Producer directors do two jobs at once; creating and producing the content while also directing the action.
Producers are storytellers. They use their experience and skills to tell stories in the programmes they make.
Multi-camera directors are at the heart of a large studio or outside broadcast (OB) production.
Games producers ensure that when a celebrity is invited to eat a bug as part of a game, it falls short of torture, won’t result in a lawsuit and provides plenty to talk about in a water-cooler moment.
The executive producer is the most senior person on a production and usually oversees the programme from beginning to end.
Edit producers can be quite different depending on whether the edit producer is working on a documentary, or live outside broadcast, for example.
Celebrity producers know what all the stars are doing, the stories and gossip and who to contact to book them.
Junior producers – doing similar work to a producer, creating programme content, but without the final say on the big decisions.
An archive producer is responsible for sourcing the appropriate footage and getting permission to use it.