A production assistant performs many of the behind-the-scenes tasks essential in the creation and editing of content and footage. A production assistant handles the necessary administrative duties of the production process. First and foremost, they aid producers and directors in developing the nature of the content to be created. Next, they procure any personnel or equipment that would be necessary for production.
In many ongoing television productions, a production assistant is responsible for researching which guests to bring on the show, booking guests, and determining the direction that guest interactions would take. The production assistant also work with television guests to make sure they are adequately prepared for the production. Other administrative duties include printing out and distributing scripts, recording network notes, checking production schedules, and fact checking. The production assistant also ensures that content is adequately delivered to editing professionals. After the production is complete, the production assistant adds the work to the studio's production library and vault. Additionally, the production assistant is responsible for maintaining and organizing the production libraries and vaults.
Many production assistants hold a bachelor's degree and several years of experience in production. Due to the attention to detail that is necessary in this position, many production assistants have excellent editing skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills to effectively work with both producers and guests.
Production Assistant Tasks
Edit files when production teams cannot.
Answer phones and other communication, update files and enter data.
Manage digital images, video and metadata for production team, including archiving and syncing.