There are two forms of production in television today.
- Major broadcast: Here the director and producer act as captains of a large ship—an aircraft carrier or cruise ship—and work with a well-defined, mostly unionized, crew.
- Evolving broadcast: Here the director and producer work by themselves on a smaller ship— a patrol torpedo boat or sailboat—using a mostly nonunionized crew and then, only when needed.
By the time you read this, it’s probable that a whole new set of realities for producing and directing will have evolved. The hardware and sites will have changed dramatically. However, it’s also likely that the changes they bring about will not have a major impact on the way that ...