A film or TV drama starts with an idea. The idea might come from a director, a producer or a screenwriter. However it begins, the idea needs to be developed and rights need to be agreed, a process that can take years. A script needs to be drafted, money needs to be raised and the right actors needs to be found. Casting directors and lawyers are heavily involved at this stage. Once the finance is in place and the key creative team put together, the production is "green-lit", which means it's ready to move into pre-production or prep.
Holds the creative vision behind a film or TV drama, ultimately responsible for deciding what appears on camera
Combines artistic and business roles, has overall responsibility for the production from budget to selecting director and crew
Searches for new TV drama ideas and build relationships with both new and established writing talent
Writes the script onto which the producer, director, designers, cast and crew graft their creative efforts
Find the actors, considers their look, talent, availability and how much buzz they will create at the box office
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