When television was first introduced, radio comedian Fred Allen quipped, “Television is the triumph of equipment over people.” There are times when cast and crew members might indeed feel that equipment has triumphed, such as when the camera focus goes out and the graphics generator crashes and the audio cable develops a short—all in one day. Yet as important as equipment is, it is the people behind and in front of that equipment who are the deciding factor in the quality of any TV production.

This chapter gives an overview of the duties of the various people involved in production. While many of these positions are needed for both studio and field production, this chapter discusses the tasks required for studio production, ...

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