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  • Martin Leon Bregman (aft.1926 - 2018)
    Martin Bregman, the outspoken, notoriously tenacious film producer behind “Scarface,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Serpico” and other late-20th-century crime dramas, died on Saturday. He was 92. The cause w...
  • Jon Cryer
    Jon Cryer is an American actor, screenwriter, television director, and film producer. Born into a show business family, Cryer made his motion picture debut as a teenaged photographer in the 1984 romant...
  • Sarah Hyland
    Sarah Hyland is an American actor. She gained her first major role as Haley Dunphy on the ABC sitcom Modern Family , for which she has received critical acclaim and numerous accolades and nominations, ...
  • Thomas Schlamme
    Thomas David Schlamme (pronounced Shla-Me; born May 22, 1950) is an American television director, known particularly for his collaborations with Aaron Sorkin. He has also been a producer. Family ...
  • Lowell Thomas Jr. (1923 - 2016)
    . Lowell Jackson Thomas, Jr. (born October 6, 1923) is a film and television producer who collaborated with his father, the accomplished reporter and author Lowell Thomas, on several projects before ...

Film producers

Film producers prepare and then supervise the making of a film before presenting the product to a financing entity or a film distributor. Either employed by a production company or independent, they help the creative people as well as the accounting personnel The average Hollywood film made in 2013 had just over 10 producer credits (3.2 producers, 4.4 executive producers, 1.2 co-producers, 0.8 associate producers and 0.5 other types of producer). During the "discovery stage" the producer has to find and acknowledge promising material. Then, unless the film is supposed to be based on an original script, the producer has to find an appropriate screenwriter.

For various reasons, producers cannot always personally supervise all of the production. As such, the main producer will appoint executive producers, line producers or unit production managers who represent the main producer's interests. Among other things, the producer has the last word on whether sounds or music have to be changed or scenes have to be cut and they are in charge of selling the film or arranging distribution rights.

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