I'm not sure why you think MGM built a whole streaming service just to release a million dollar short, rather than commissioned a short to promote the launch of their service.
Originally Posted by Falcon Horus
A producer credit means a lot of different things. Sometimes a money person is given a producer credit, but when a studio or outside source finances a project, at least one of the producers is someone who secured the funding and/or managed it. The rest are people who are involved in development, pre-production post-production, and/or the various day-to-day things I described in my above post related to the actual production. The person in charge of money may also do some or all of that work.
And they contributed financially considering the producers of Origins are owners of Vanishing Angle.
Matt Miller is the sole owner of Vanishing Angle (https://vanishingangle.com/team). He is credited on Origins only as "producer."
The film has two executive producers listed and one executive in charge of production. One of them is director Mercedes Bryce Morgan. Contrary to your previous comment that this means she brought in the cash, she was not a Vanishing Angle employee, but a freelance director who was brought in to present a pitch to MGM that expanded on the broad idea they already had. They gave her an executive producer credit because of her contribution to the technical work done for the film.
In her own words:
And so for Stargate I was put on this list of directors that they wanted to have pitch. And I was told, “OK, you have two days to make an initial pitch deck. And you need to put all your ideas and how you would do it into a deck, and we will send it off. And if they like it then we’ll bring you to the next round where you go and pitch in the room with MGM.”
I had like a two-page rough outline … which also changed drastically. So I knew that it was a Catherine Langford story, and I knew kind of the general idea of what they wanted to do with it. But it was very open-ended. And so taking that, what I like to do when I pitch is find out what the theme is, because theme influences everything else — and say, “OK, here’s how the theme influences characters and character arcs and location and design and all that.”
And so I did that. I was brought into the room to pitch. And I was told one of the reasons why Sam Toles and the other people MGM like my pitch is I tried to make it Stargate and not something else. Because a lot of people came in and were like, “What if we make it more like Star Wars, or Star Trek, or this sci-fi?” And I’m like, “No, this is what people like about Stargate — is combining this historical tone with sci-fi. And also that it still can have a sense of humor without being too serious.”
And so that’s what I was told led them to choose my pitch.
So the writers were brought on at the same time that I was. And so what was kind of crazy is our pre-production overlapped with them writing. We were working on outlines off of pre-production in the very beginning. And then we started working off the scripts.
You can also read about the influence MGM exerted over her here: https://www.gateworld.net/news/2018/...-bryce-morgan/
The executive in charge of production was then MGM employee Sam Toles. When listed separately from executive producers, it's usually because this person oversees the budget and makes sure everything runs smoothly and on time. The second executive producer is Sarah Malkin, then Vice President of New Form Entertainment, a separate production company who co-produced the project with MGM and appears to have put some money in as several of their people are credited with accounting roles:
Sr. Director, Production Accounting (New Form) - Claudia Castillo
Manager, Production Accounting (New Form) - Steve Grest
Coordinator, Accounting (New Form) - Jacqui Dulaney
Vanishing Angle is credited with providing "Post Production Services." In the above interview, the director only mentioned Vanishing Angle when talking about pre and post production, and the person mentioned below intends to only use them for post production and distribution (her company handles everything else, including coming up with and managing the money).
Here's a forthcoming Vanishing Angle film: https://wefunder.com/seeyouthenfilm In this case, the director crowd funded the money and contracted with Vanishing Angle for her and her company to work out of their offices and distribute the film. In exchange, Matt Miller, owner of Vanishing Angle, got an executive producer credit even though he is not financing the film and, in fact, money that Vanishing Angle gave her in the past was a loan that she had to pay back.
It's only possible to know what an executive producer or producer credit means to an individual project in broad strokes unless an insider spells it out in an interview. It could mean they funded it themselves, they secured funding from an outside source, are managing the money provided by their employer/third party, worked on various aspects of production, or had next to no involvement in anything and are involved in name only. On Sg-1, the following people had executive producer credits at one point or another: Jonathan Glassner, Brad Wright, Robert C. Cooper, Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie, Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Greenburg. These are the writers of show, the star, and RDA's long term production partner who also did some writing on Sg-1. None of these people paid for the show.