Telecommunications | Production Management
T438 | 21466 | Krahnke, S.
T438 Production Management
Class Number: 21466
Course Description: This course will provide an introduction to and
basic training in the management of projects that create television
programs and their ancillary products (such as home video, websites,
etc.) and multimedia such as CD-ROMs and stand-alone websites. We
will expand previous knowledge of media production into the specific
areas of project timelines, budgeting, contracts, rights clearances,
and management in general. We will discuss the role of the manager
in the media production process, the structure and process of media
production, cost analysis, intellectual property, performance
contracts, etc. On occasion we will view television programs in
order to understand how they were created.
Course organization: Four parts, covering:
1. Project management.
2. Production timelines, specifically for the “long-form”
3. Television production budgeting and cashflow management.
4. Intellectual property, rights clearances and production
Course objectives: By the end of this course you should be able to
successfully and consistently do the following:
1. Create and understand production timelines.
2. Create and understand production budgets and cashflows.
3. Assess the rights clearances required for the intended uses of
4. Develop strategies for managing production units.
5. Maintain proper production records.
6. Assess the needs for production and performance contracts.
What this course WILL do: A successful student in this course will
gain an improved understanding of the complexity, cost, commitment
of time and resources, and methods of production management
(specifically for the television documentary,) and for media
production in general. This course will be a good introduction for
those interested in pursuing further study in media production, but
also in entertainment law, contract law, business, theatre and music
production, computer software production, planning weddings and
parties, watching television, playing computer games and/or surfing
To see which requirements, in the College of Arts and Sciences, this
course will fulfill consult the College Bulletin at
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