5th Edition

Directing and Producing for Television
A Format Approach

ISBN 9781138124998
Published March 20, 2017 by Routledge
338 Pages

USD $64.95

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Book Description

Directing and Producing for Television provides essential tools required to direct and produce effectively in a variety of settings. Ideal for students in television production courses, Directing and Producing for Television addresses critical production techniques for various formats, including multiple-camera panel productions, news and demonstration programs, as well as scripted and musical productions, documentaries, sports, commercials, and PSAs. In full color for the first time, this new edition has been updated to include information about online distribution platforms like YouTube and Vimeo, and new production tools such as action cameras, smart phones, DSLRs, and drones.

  • New, full-colour images throughout give this classic text a fresh look featuring today’s latest technology
  • Written by an expert with years of experience in both the industry and in teaching television directing and producing
  • An approachable writing style brings a real world perspective to the procedures and protocols of a demanding industry
  • Visuals showing camera setups and accompanying shots illustrate the best approach to a variety of formats and the related challenges for each

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. Introduction - The Basics

2. The Facility

3. Who’s Who

Multiple Camera Television Production

4. Panel Programs

5. Demonstration Format

6. Scripted Format

7. Music

8. News

9. Multiple-Camera Remotes

Single Camera Television Production

10. Documentaries

11. Commercials and Public Service Announcements


12. Reality Programming

13. Evolving Technologies and Broadcast Sites


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Ivan Cury is Professor Emeritus at both California State University, Los Angeles, and at UCLA. He is also an award winning producer/director of documentaries, variety shows and commercials as well as dramatic productions such as The Young and the Restless. He has served as a judge for the Emmy's and the Directors Guild of America awards.


"This is the most comprehensive guide to TV directing and production I've ever encountered. It incorporates time-honored techniques with the most up-to-date technologies."

—Jim Drake, Director, Golden Girls, SCTV, Night Court, Newhart

"This book is a distillation of the experience, professionalism and outstanding teaching I was privileged to observe as Ivan Cury’s colleague and Dean at California State University, Los Angeles. The lessons here will benefit not only producers and directors but all those who need to understand and appreciate the challenges and complexity of the whole production process, from project inception to completion."

—Carl M. Selkin, PhD, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Arts and Letters, California State University, Los Angeles

"This book was the single-most important tool for me to learn the proper technique for producing real-world television productions, both single and multi-camera. It is a must-have for any person who wants to enter the evolving field of television directing and producing."

—Eric Feder, Director of Broadcast Engineering, NBCUniversal

"Cury’s prolific experience in television directing provides extensive examples to support his clear and complete breakdown of the challenges and expectations of contemporary programming. This text is essential preparation for students contemplating careers in directing and will move with them from the classroom to the television studio."

—Suzanne Regan, PhD, Professor of Television and Film, California State University, Los Angeles