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The Benefits of Outsourcing Your Production Staffing

Feb 13, 2018

There is a lot to consider when it comes to booking the right production staff for your project.

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There is a lot to consider when it comes to booking the right production staff for your project. Outsourcing your crewing needs to a production staffing company can make your life easier. Here’s a look at some of the benefits.  

Production staffing companies have deep connections

Staffing is all about connections. You need to know the right people or where to find the right people. Production staffing companies have deep connections and large databases of national and international talent. They can quickly piece together the right team simply by reaching out to people they already know.

Production staffing companies know how to build the right team

When crewing a production, it’s all about assembling the right team. You need to understand the goals and objectives of the project and what skill sets will help you meet those objectives. If you’re looking for a camera operator for a one-off live music concert, you wouldn’t want to book a DP who specializes in documentaries. You want someone with extensive live music experience. You also need to consider the environment itself – are you shooting in a studio, or remotely? Physical environment also plays a role in finding the right talent. Any qualified production staffing company will ask these questions up front to make sure they fully understand the needs of the project so they can match the right talent to your project.

Production staffing companies understand your technical needs

Aside from matching the crew to the scope of the project, you also need to consider the technology you’re using for the job. You want a crew who is familiar with – and has experience using – all of your technical components. On-the-job training is not something you want to offer – especially if you’re producing a live production.

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Production staffing companies can handle all your paperwork and admin needs

By outsourcing your production staffing, your staffing agency will directly hire all 1099 contractors or full-time employees. They already have the systems in place to bring someone on-board for a one-off or long-term project. All the payroll, insurance and management systems are already in place, leaving you with less to worry about and less to manage.

Production staffing companies free up your schedule

Staffing companies will manage all aspects of booking or hiring your production personnel, which leaves you more time to focus on the creative aspects of the project. You relay what your needs are, and your staffing company will handle the rest – from recruitment and onboarding to payroll and scheduling.

Letting an outside company handle your production staffing needs will ensure that you have the right team onboard for your project, allowing you more to spend more time and energy on the “big picture”.

Want to learn more about Broadcast Management Group’s production staffing services? Contact us today.

2 Comments
  • Andrew Ryback Reply
    2018-03-07 21:55:41

    We're glad you found this to be useful, Margaux. Let us know if there's anything we can help with.

  • Margaux Ford Reply
    2018-03-07 05:57:06

    I appreciate the tips on hiring a production staffing company to have more time to focus on the creative aspects of the project. Hiring a production crew is a tedious task, and can take up much of your time. We're currently working on a huge production, and I'll share this article with my boss so he'll consider on delegating the recruitment to a staffing company. I like that you mentioned that staffing company can ensure to have the right team onboard for the project. Thanks!

  • Robert McWilliams Reply
    2017-10-31 19:05:18

    Todd:I have an ad agency in addition to our production company. We put one of our clients on OTT two months ago up in Nevada. Seems to be working!Thanks again for the work earlier this month.Rob

  • Nicole Rohde Reply
    2017-05-27 22:28:45

    Hey Andrew, Any word as to whether or not the Jokers will be back for Comic Con this year? Please let me know. Thanks!!!

  • Aaron Estabrook Reply
    2017-02-23 16:26:57

    I'll be tuning in for sure!

  • David Patton Reply
    2015-01-16 13:16:02

    Interesting blog post Andrew. For those who are nearly ready to cut the cord, but still want access to key channels such as ESPN, I'd recommend checking out Dish Network's new service, Sling TV. It provides access to a handful of channels for $20/month.https://gigaom.com/2015/01/15/sling-tv-details-price-devices-networks-resolution-bandwidth/

  • Andrew Ryback Reply
    2015-01-13 14:44:19

    Go for it! I'll admit that I was a little apprehensive about pulling the plug at first, but honestly, the transition away from DirecTV has been seamless. The only missing link is live sports, but there are a few work arounds depending on what sports you watch. Good luck!

  • Gregory Hart Reply
    2015-01-13 06:35:00

    While I am part of the 55 year old demographic that still has TV boxes and does TV viewing, I do my viewing using DVRs and networked PCs playing video files from an in-home server. I too have noticed that I view a handful of shows on a regular basis and have found various other sources for these shows. And now it has gotten to the point to where I am seriously considering ending my very long relationship with DirecTV and going streaming. Working in the TV industry also helped to open eyes to this as well. This transition from "old" TV is coming and the networks (Les Moonves, I am looking at you!) had better plan for it.

  • Gary Reply
    2013-08-08 09:44:39

    You've left out a HUGE part of this story by not mentioning Howard Stern's effect on the Sharknado buzz! #siris-ly

  • Marybeth Harrison Reply
    2013-08-07 14:46:29

    I can almost hear the theme song from Jaws as I read your post!