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Code of Credits - Long-Form Television


"Executive Producer” is the primary credit among all PGA-sanctioned credits for long-form television programs. The Executive Producer credit is given to the person(s) most completely responsible for the production of a long-form program. Subject to the control of the Owner (see Rules of Arbitration, section I.B), an Executive Producer shall have significant decision-making authority over a majority of the producing functions across the four phases of production. Those phases are: Development; Pre-Production; Production; and Post-Production & Marketing. The following considerations are taken into account in determining Executive Producer credit:

  • Within the development process, the Executive Producer typically will conceive of the underlying premise of the production, or select the material. S/he also will select the project’s writer, secure the necessary rights and initial financing, and supervise the development process.
  • In pre-production, the Executive Producer typically will select the key members of the creative team, including the director, co-producer, cinematographer, unit production manager, production designer, and principal cast. The Executive Producer also will approve the final shooting script, production schedule, locations and budget.
  • During production, the Executive Producer will supervise the operations of the producing team, providing continuous and often "on-set” consultation with the director and other key creative personnel. S/he also will approve weekly cost reports, and continue to serve as the primary point of contact for studios, networks and other financial entities.
  • For post-production & marketing, the Executive Producer is expected to personally consult with the director and post-production personnel, including the editor, composer, and visual effects staff during the preparation of the first cut to be shown to the studio, network or other financial entity. S/he is expected to consult with the appropriate creative and financial personnel on the final answer print/edited master. S/he usually is involved in a meaningful fashion with the studio, network and foreign distributor concerning the marketing and distribution plans for the long-form program in domestic and foreign markets.

The credit of Executive Producer is only appropriate for those who are responsible for at least a majority of the producing functions performed and decisions made over the span of the four phases of production.



Subject to the control of the Owner, the Executive Producer in Long-Form Television is expected to exercise decision-making authority over a majority of the following specific job functions:


  • Conceived of the underlying concept upon which the production is based or involved at its inception.
  • Selected the material upon which the production is based and secured necessary rights for development and production of the material.
  • Selected the writer(s).
  • Supervised and oversaw the development process.
  • Secured the initial financing.
  • Served as the primary point of contact for the studio and/or financing entity.


  • Selected the director and producer and/or co-producer and/or unit production manager.
  • In consultation with the director, selected the production designer, cinematographer, editor and visual effects company
  • Participated in location scouting in consultation with the director.
  • Supervised the preparation of the preliminary budget and approved and signed the final budget in consultation with the Co-Producer and UPM.
  • Creatively involved in the final shooting script in consultation with the director and the writer(s) and approved and signed the final shooting script.
  • Approved final shooting schedule in consultation with the director, producer, co-producer and UPM.


  • Exercised final approval of the deals for the principal components of the production.
  • Supervised the producing team.
  • Provided ongoing in-person consultation with the director and principal cast
  • In collaboration with the director, provided in-person consultation with the production designer, art dept, wardrobe, make-up and hair.
  • Approved the weekly cost report.


  • Selected the composer in consultation with the director, and participated in-person with the composer and the director in the scoring process
  • Consulted with the director and the editor during the preparation of the first cut shown to the studio/financial entity.
  • Provided in-person consultation with the editor along with the director, the studio or financial entity, and participated on the final cut of the motion picture.
  • Selected the music supervisor in consultation with the director, and participated in-person during the music recording sessions.
  • Provided in-person consultation with the director on the re-recording stage.
  • Provided in-person consultation with the director on the titles and opticals.
  • Provided in-person consultation with the cinematographer, the director, the studio and/or financing entity on the answer print or edited master.
  • Consulted on the media plan and materials, and the marketing and distribution plans for the motion picture.
  • Consulted on the plans for exploitation of the motion picture in ancillary and foreign markets.
For credit guidelines for further producing titles click here.