Excerpt from "Get a Reel Job" by Philip Nemy
PRESIDENT/PHYSICAL PRODUCTION - the head of all physical production for the studio; has the authority to approve all production budgets when films are greenlit by his creative counterpart, the President/Head of Production; is usually the supervisor of the higher-budgeted, more complex and often sensitive productions.
VP, PHYSICAL PRODUCTION - oversees the physical production of greenlit films (the nuts-and-bolts of making the film); approves the hiring of the line producer & unit production manager; liaison between the production company and the studio’s creative executives assigned to the film; trouble-shoots daily production of film.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION MANAGER - an experienced DGA UPM hired in a staff position to supervise, negotiate and approve all labor and equipment deals; usually only visits the set if a major problem occurs that the Production Executive cannot handle; also supervises the Production Executive.
PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE - (PE) usually
assigned to two or more films at a time; prepares initial
production plan for the film (i.e. schedule, budget, locations,
key crew recommendations, etc.); also provides recommendations
on the structure of the production company (should it be an
in-house production, a stand-alone company o