Mary Aloe Talks to the Aloe Entertainment Team: Producer or Executive Producer, Which Do You Want to Be?

Posted by on July 1, 2015   Category: Uncategorized     ·Tagged , , , , , , , , , .

Mary Aloe walked into the development bullpen today to discuss….”Producer or Executive Producer, which would you rather be?” The Aloe Entertainment team took turns choosing. “Executive Producer – just come up with the money or the star and sit back,” said one Aloe Entertainment team member. Mary Aloe looked at him and replied, “Good to know you have deep pockets and important connections. Anybody else?” There were murmurings in the Aloe Entertainment development room, but no one wanted to speak up. “Let’s get some terms straight, shall we” Mary Aloe continued?

According to the Producer’s Guild of America, a producer initiates, coordinates, supervises and controls, either on his own authority, or subject to the authority of an employer, all aspects of the motion-picture and/or television production process, including creative, financial, technological and administrative. A Producer is involved throughout all phases of production from inception to completion, including coordination, supervision and control of all other talents and crafts, subject to the provisions of their collective bargaining agreements and personal service contracts. “That is what I mostly do on our projects,” Mary Aloe continued, “produce. I oversee and/or create all the aspects, both creatively and financially, for each project.” An Aloe Entertainment team member piped in, “A lot of stars or agents tend to become Executive Producers to protect their or their client’s interests in a film, isn’t that correct?” “Yes,” Mary Aloe answered, “many times that happens. They want a little more control over their image and the creative content of the film. But generally, an Executive Producer deals with the budget only and is a major financial backer of the project.” The Aloe Entertainment team learned that some Executive Producers are more in touch with the project than others on a day to day basis. “Some are just in it for the investment,” added Mary Aloe at the Aloe Entertainment headquarters in Beverly Hills. “Think of it this way, on most projects,  the Executive Producer is the CEO and the Producer is The President of the production.”

“But who gets the Oscar,” asked one of the Aloe Entertainment team? Mary Aloe laughed and said, “funny you should ask, the Academy just set some new rules.” According to Denise Petski at, The Academy’s Board of Governors has approved new rules in its Best Picture category for producer credits for the 88th Academy Awards. To qualify as a producer nominee for a nominated picture, the producer must have been determined eligible for a Producers Guild of America (PGA) award for the picture, or must have appealed the PGA’s refusal of such eligibility. Final determination of qualifying producer nominees will be made by the Academy’s Producers Branch Executive Committee. The rule changes were approved last night at the Board of Governors’ meeting. Mary Aloe continued to the Aloe Entertainment team, “Of course, any picture is a team effort and all are duly compensated and credited, but on the night the statue is handed out, the Producer is the one. He or she will probably be gracious and invite the other producers up, but the Producer is king or queen that night.” Mary Aloe and the Aloe Entertainment team continued discussing the roles of the various producers in a film project, but that will be the topic in another discussion for another blog on another day.

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