Have excellent knowledge of filmmaking process
Have a good understanding of the business side of film making
Be aware of current markets and trends
Be highly organised
Be a good negotiator
Be good at motivating people
Be good at delegating.
Have a good understanding of finance
Be able to manage budgets
Understand the relevant health and safety laws and procedures
Have good contacts in the industry
Co-producers' responsibilities vary hugely. The Co-producer may also be the Line Producer. In this case he or she is responsible for all the business and logistical aspects during the main phase of film production. They will also carry out a significant part of the creative producing, helping with casting, recruiting the Director, or hiring other key Heads of Department.
The Co-producer may also be a partner or corporate officer studio producing the film. In this case he or she plays a key role in the development of the film project. They also assist with the production, or supervise post-production to enable the Producer to move on to another production.
On an international co-production, Co-producers may also be the lead Producer from one of the other partners. In this case or she will usually raise a significant portion of the budget for the film, but have less creative input than the lead Producer.
In some cases Co-producers choose to be credited as Co-producer rather than as Executive Producer, in order to indicate that they played an important part in the physical production of the film. In rare cases, a Co-producer may also be the person who optioned, developed or packaged the project. In all instances, Co-producers are subordinate to the Producer. Co-producers directly involved in production have a legal responsibility, under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, to prepare health and safety procedures for the workplace.