Producers Sustainability Survey Report

Dear Producer has released the results of their first Producers Sustainability Survey. The in-depth report seeks to answer one main question: Is film producing a sustainable career, as it exists today? 

Dear Producer has attempted to take a snapshot of who makes up the producing community and what life is like for feature-length film producers working in the fiction and/or documentary space in 2020. The goal was to gather benchmark data on the state of independent film producing in the United States. The secondary goal was to use this data to advocate for producers in areas they identified as most important.

How many work hours did producers spend on their projects during an
average week in 2019? Source: Producer Sustainability Survey


The survey, which was restricted to fiction and documentary producers who reside in the United States, consisted of 75 questions and accepted responses for 6 weeks at the end of 2020. The results feature compiled answers from more than 550 producers. Answers were anonymous, and respondents were asked to be as honest as possible to help better understand the evolving needs of producers and the challenges they face. Participant quotes are featured throughout the report.

Subjects covered in the report include basic demographics, specific income and fees, mental health, career barriers, work-life balance and more. 


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