A television director is in charge of directing a television program such as a news program, sitcom, reality show or fictional drama. Tasks performed by the director include developing the theme of the set and ways to engage the audience, advising the camera crew on which camera techniques should be used and directing the sound crew on the type of sounds to be used and how they should be integrated. The director may guide the development of graphics, coach actors on their performance, participate in the editing process and oversee the work of a control room. They must have a deep understanding of all of the tasks and issues on a television set to provide guidance, advice and instructions as necessary. Additionally, these directors need to interact effectively with producers, writers and other professionals involved in television productions.
Previous experience in television - including as a director - is generally needed in this position. A bachelor's degree in a relevant field may be needed as well. Television directors must be able to meet deadlines, execute their creative vision effectively, motivate and interact with their program's cast and crew, and be proficient with any relevant computer programs (such as those used for editing).
Television Director Tasks
Define strategic goals and specific programming for channels.
Supervise program and channel budgets.
Work with a range of organizations and individuals to acquire, maintain and update content.
Oversee and allocate staff, balancing cost and efficiency.