Media production managers work behind the scenes in film, TV, radio and video. They play a key role in program production by organising schedules, budgets and people. Production managers are involved at each stage of a programme, from initial planning, estimating and scheduling, through filming or recording, and on to final budget and production reports. To do the job successfully and ensure that everything runs smoothly, production managers must have solid experience in all aspects of the business. Production managers come from a variety of backgrounds in the media industry. Some have worked as floor managers in a film or TV studio, or as location managers on outdoor shoots. Some have a background as script supervisors or production assistants.