How to Become a Production Researcher

Production Researcher Job Description

A production researcher performs research in order to collect historical, scientific or other forms of factual information related to the production of a specific television or radio program or film production. They must verify and properly prepare the information as well as cite the applicable references.  



Production Researcher Job Duties

  • Source potential interviewees and conduct initial interviews
  • Liaise with script writers, producers and directors in order to determine the information needs of the production
  • Source and research facts, figures and information using the internet, film and tape archives, specialist collections, picture libraries, museums and government departments
  • Source copyright for literary and music sources and gain clearance for any materials used
  • Brief script writers regarding the findings of research
  • Recruit freelance staff and negotiate fees
  • May be involved in the development and creation of ideas for new programs, or improvements for existing ones



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