NOC 5131 – Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations



This unit group includes producers, directors, choreographers and others who oversee and control the technical and artistic aspects of film, television, radio, dance and theatre productions. They are employed by film production companies, radio and television stations, broadcast departments, advertising companies, sound recording studios, record production companies and dance companies. They may also be self-employed.

Membership in a related guild or union may be required.

Main Duties

The following is a summary of the main duties for some occupations in this unit group:

  • Film, radio and television producers plan, organize and control the various stages and scheduling involved in the production of presentations, motion pictures, television shows and radio programs; engage directors and other production personnel and supervise all technical personnel, and determine the treatment, scope and scheduling of production; maintain production archives and negotiate royalties.
  • Directors interpret scripts and direct the mise-en-scène; select and direct the actors, extras and technical crew; advise the cast and crew on the interpretation and delivery of the performance; direct rehearsals, filmings, broadcasts and performances; and confer with crew and specialists throughout production and post-production to achieve desired presentation.
  • Choreographers create dances for film, theatre and television performances that convey stories, ideas and moods, and direct rehearsals for dancers to achieve desired interpretation.
  • Art directors plan, organize and direct the artistic aspects of motion pictures, stage productions and television shows by overseeing the design of sets, costumes, furnishings and props to create portrayals of period and setting.
  • Film editors edit motion picture film and arrange film segments into sequences to achieve continuity and desired dramatic, comedic and thematic effects.
  • Record producers plan and co-ordinate the production of musical recordings, direct musicians and singers during rehearsals and recordings and manage technicians involved in duplicating, dubbing and mastering of recordings.
  • Directors of photography co-ordinate and direct the photography of motion pictures, supervise camera operators and other crews and determine lighting, lenses, camera angles, backgrounds and other elements to achieve desired visual effect.

Employment Requirements

Producers, directors and film editors

  • A university degree or college diploma in the performing arts, broadcasting, journalism, business administration, theatre production or film studies
    Experience in a technical or production occupation in motion pictures, broadcasting or theatre are usually required.


  • A university degree or college diploma in dance, or a period of study at a school of dance
    Extensive training with a dance company are usually required.

Record producers

  • A university degree or college diploma in music or the recording arts
    Experience in a technical or production occupation in the recording arts are usually required.

Directors of photography

  • A university degree or college diploma in film studies or cinematography
    Experience in camera operation or another technical occupation in video or motion picture production are usually required.

Demonstrated creative ability is required for all occupations in this unit group.

All Titles

  • art director – motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
  • artistic director – motion picture
  • artistic director, performing arts
  • assistant director
  • assistant director – motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
  • audiovisual (AV) producer
  • broadcasting director
  • broadcasting producer
  • broadcasting sports director
  • casting director
  • choreographer
  • cinematographer
  • cyber-choreographer
  • director – motion picture
  • director – motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
  • director of photography
  • director, broadcasting
  • director, motion picture
  • director, radio
  • director, stage – performing arts
  • director, television
  • director, videos
  • editor, films
  • film director
  • film editor
  • film producer
  • filmmaker
  • floor director – performing arts
  • motion picture director
  • motion picture producer
  • motion picture production director
  • movie director
  • movie producer
  • multimedia audio producer
  • performing arts artistic director
  • producer – performing arts
  • producer, broadcasting
  • producer, motion picture
  • producer, stage
  • producer-director
  • production designer – motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
  • production director – motion picture
  • program director – broadcasting
  • radio director
  • radio producer
  • record producer
  • recording director
  • stage director – performing arts
  • stage producer
  • technical director – broadcasting
  • technical director – motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
  • technical producer
  • technical producer – motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
  • television director
  • television director-producer
  • television producer
  • video director
  • video illustrator – multimedia work
  • video maker
  • video producer


  • Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts (0512)
  • Photographers, graphic arts technicians and technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts (522)



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