What is 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.  



Typical 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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