Excerpt from "Get a Reel Job" by Philip Nemy
PRESIDENT/HEAD OF PRODUCTION - the head of all film production for the studio; has the authority to give the go-ahead to produce a film from one of the studio’s screenplays (green-lighting a film); involved in all big producer deals, large literary acquisitions, and star casting.
SR VP, PRODUCTION - most of the same authority as the President, but cannot greenlight a film; oversees the development and production of films, occasionally overseeing a large solo project without intervention from the President (developing a film is the process whereby a studio purchases a screenplay from the writer for a negotiated price, then the studio hires the writer or other writers to write or re-write the screenplay, based on comments and notes from one or more studio executives).
VP, PRODUCTION - oversees the development and production
of scripts that he and the Creative Executives have found;
often must “pitch” their idea o
DIRECTOR OF CREATIVE AFFAIRS - intermediate level
between the VP and Creative Executive; usually someone who
is on a fast track to a higher position, but not quite ready
for VP level; looks fo
CREATIVE EXECUTIVE - (CE) a junior executive who helps senior executives supervise development and production; reads scripts; writes story notes; generates cast and director lists.©Philip Nemy