The producer title is one of this tricky title used and misused all the time.
I am regularly asked by friends outside the industry what are the difference between a producer, a producer, a producer, and an executive producer, an executive producer, and a… You got the drill; even though people use the same word, it can mean a million different things.
Some producers bring money, some producers bring names and goodies, and some producers don’t do shit and it is very unclear why they are credited.
And of course, the producer title means something different when it comes from a studio or an indie production.
I recommend you read his article; Carson explains that he was unaware of what producers exactly do, that he started figuring it out and decided this might be the next logical step for him to take, after his recent success.
As you know, I am a Scriptshadow aficionada, thanks to Carson I got the chance to read a lot of scripts, bad, good or great, and thanks to his reviews I learned a lot about script construction.
His last article took me by surprise though, I always envisioned him like a great manager, but a producer? This is a very different type of skill sets we’re talking about.
Many people reacted to Carson’s article in different ways (see article’s comments). One of the major problem posed by his opponents is that there is a massive conflict of interests when you present yourself as both a (paid) reader and a producer.
F. Scott Frazier, aka @Screenwritten, wrote several tweets about this announcement, regarding the producer title and what it means. I thought his point of view was relevant (and I enjoyed his passion), so I decided to put it below: