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"A producer is the guy that tells the artist what to do and later makes all the changes, and then, when the cartoon's done, he takes all the credit!"

The producer is the 'commander in chief' of a given project. What does that mean? Well...

Quite simply, the producer is/are the person/persons that makes the project "happen". "No producer" equals "no film". They are the financial and creative backbone of a given project—they secure funding (or fund the work themselves), hire key personnel, arrange for distributors, and manage the day-to-day operations of the production (such as writing up shooting schedules, booking off-set filming locations, and keeping the project as a whole within budget and on-schedule).

There are many different varieties of "producer", and each has its own responsibility in the film industry. A consulting producer will usually be a specialist in a particular field of study, and will assist the writers with technical accuracy. An executive producer is usually a studio representative, providing the majority of the funding that keeps the project going (and reporting any cost overruns to the studio heads). An assistant producer is exactly that. An associate producer is a title used to cover a variety of duties, such as being liaison when two production companies are involved in a fliming.[1]

Not to be confused with The Producers.

What follows is an incomplete list of production houses and individual producers that have had an impact on modern filmmaking:


Record Producer Music Producers

"Big Five" Major Film Studios

Minor Studios

Production Houses

Indie Production Companies

Non-Asian Animation and Visual Effects Studios



Asian studios outside of Japan and South Korea



South Korean Animation Studios



Major Japanese Animation Anime Studios

The major animation studios in Japan.

Minor Japanese Animation Studios

When they are not as big as the major animation studios in Japan, the animation studios still mostly do their own productions, and tend not to rely on outsourcing from bigger studios.

Supporting Japanese Animation Studios

Animation studios that tend to do mostly do outsourcing for bigger animation studios in Japan, with only a hand full of productions if that.

Defunct/Dormant Animation Studios

Animation studios that are either out of business or out of work.


Asian - Non-South Korean or Japanese

South Korean



Anime Distributors


Defunct or no longer distributing anime

Manga and Comic Book publishing houses

Knockoff Makers

Related to Showbiz

See also Vanity Plate.

  1. "Someone has to associate with the producer! Hyuk hyuk hyuk!"