“Before I met you,” one Emmy-nominated, highly skilled documentary filmmaker said to me, “I thought a producer was just an accountant.”

Several years ago at the IDA Awards, an esteemed member of our community stood at the podium and made a crack about how when he takes a producer credit on his collaborator’s films, “We all know what that means”–which is to say, he isn’t doing much of anything. Everyone had a good laugh.

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