TV director job description

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TV director job description
Television directors oversee the creation of programming for stations. (television cameraman image by itsallgood from

Television directors are the liaison between the producers and technical crews. Directors are in charge of all aspects of filming programmes, directing live broadcasts, setting up studios to match the vision of the producer and writing team, post-production editing and mixing and general oversight of the technical crew. A good director has the ability to visualise a project and by using effective management, creative and organisational skills, take it from the idea stage to completed project.

Education required

Television directors usually hold bachelor's degrees in journalism, broadcasting, English or communications. A thorough education -- through coursework or work experience -- of all aspects of television broadcasting and supervisory experience is required because the director will have to supervise a television crew.

Job responsibilities

The television director guides the production of programmes for the station. Directors are in charge of auditions, rehearsals, script adherence and setting the pace of the programme during filming. They offer direction to the television crew in regards to props, scenery, costumes, lighting and the use of other necessary equipment. During filming or live telecasts, directors give instruction to the crew from the control room regarding camera angles, lighting adjustments, transitions to and from commercials and from different locations. During post-production, directors oversee the editing, re-tapings, music and mixing of the completed programme.

Skills needed

Television directors should be skilled in taking programme requirements and integrating them into the production of a show. Directors should also have writing and editing skills, be able to use a computer and other television production equipment, excellent time-management skills, communication and organisational skills. In smaller markets, the director could also serve as the television producer.


Television directors generally have two to four years of experience working in television production before becoming directors. Television directors have experience directing and overseeing smaller programmes and commercials in an assistant capacity before becoming full directors.

Daily Duties

Television directors oversee the production of programmes by ensuring that the production team is following the vision of the programme. They hold meetings with the production crew, producers and station management to ensure everyone is abreast of the programming needs and requirements. They oversee the project budget and make sure the programme stays within the limits and make personnel decisions based on need and performance.

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