Film Producing Is ‘Not a Sustainable Career,’ New Study Says

”The credit has really been cannibalized as to who is a producer. I don’t think anyone knows anymore,“ veteran producer Rebecca Green says

Despite their flashy reputation of wielding the money behind the movies, film producers often can’t sustain a career in the profession, a new study concludes.

According to a survey by Dear Producer, a digital platform that connects and amplifies the voices of producers, 41% of producers said they earned $25,000 or less exclusively from producing in 2019 — the year before the pandemic decimated their incomes. Last year, 56% percent of the 474 respondents said they earned $25,000 or less — and more than a quarter earned less than $2,500 from producing in 2020.

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Diane Haithman

Senior Entertainment Business Reporter • diane@thewrap.com • @dhaithman