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Movie, Film, and Video Production and Distribution

SIC 7810 | NAICS 512100


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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts



Movie & Video Production  (view report)
Movie & Video Distribution  (view report)

Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Operating conditions
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Five-year growth forecast


Media Business Insight Limited
Screen International
https://www.screendaily.com/

Monthly trade journal and online resource features news, reviews, analysis, reports, and commentary for the international film industry, with online news sections including film production, financing, sales, distribution, exhibition, box office, video-on-demand, diversity, and hirings. Selected news articles are available free online, with print magazine edition and full online access available by paid subscription.



Motion Picture Production & Distribution
http://www.firstresearch.com

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast


Nash Information Services, LLC
The Numbers
https://www.the-numbers.com/

Comprehensive resource provides over 20 years of detailed data on the movie industry, and includes a custom report builder feature which allows users to analyze production companies and distributors by a range of criteria including production country, production company, production method, creative type, genre, domestic theatrical distributor, release month and year, and opening weekend box office.


IHS Markit
Cinema Intelligence Service
https://technology.ihs.com/

Subscription service provides in-depth analysis of the movie production and distribution industry, with information provided including film releases and revenue by country of origin, feature films produced, investments in feature films, leading independents' market shares, and distributor market share, first run releases, and revenue per release for major studios (e.g., Sony, Disney, Warner Bros. and Fox).


Freedonia Group
Motion Pictures & Video: United States
https://www.freedoniagroup.com/

Freedonia Focus market research report analyzes motion picture and video industry revenue trends, with data provided including historical and forecast revenue by source (e.g., motion picture licensing, television licensing, contract production, sale and rental, merchandise licensing, and other sources), and companies profiled including Comcast Corporation, The Walt Disney Co., and Time Warner Inc.


The Business Research Company
Film And Video Global Market Report
https://www.thebusinessresearchcompany.com/

Market research study analyzes the film and video market on a global basis, with data provided in the study including historical and forecast revenue in U.S. dollars by global region and major country, and firms profiled in the report including Time Warner, Inc., Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., CBS Corporation, and The Walt Disney Studios.


Plunkett Research, Ltd.
Motion Picture, Movies, Films, TV Programming, and Video Production
https://www.plunkettresearch.com/

Comprehensive report provides historical and forecast revenues for the U.S. market and includes in- depth profiles for the top ten companies in the industry, with companies profiled including Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., Walt Disney Studios, Universal Studios, inc., Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., and Fox Filmed Entertainment Inc.




Financial Benchmarking Data



Industry Financial Ratios
Motion Picture & Video Producers and Distributors
https://www.bizminer.com  Search for "5121" to see reports for specific types of operations

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios


IBISWorld
Movie & Video Production and Distribution
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of these reports provides an analysis of industry profit and expenses as a percentage of annual sales for companies that produce or produce and distribute film and video productions such as motion pictures, movies, videos, and TV programs and commercials for motion picture theaters, TV networks, cable TV channels, video-on-demand providers, and other exhibitors.


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Compensation Surveys


PayScale
Motion Picture & Video Production
https://www.payscale.com/

Free online service provides median salary, bonus, and hourly rate data for positions such as film/TV producer, film/TV associate producer, creative director, cinematographer, videographer, and film/TV editor, with employers for which salary or wage data is provided including Paramount Pictures Corp., NBCUniversal Media, LLC, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., and Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Motion Picture & Video Industries
https://www.bls.gov/oes/

Annual employment and wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and metropolitan area basis for personnel employed by companies that produce and/or distribute film and video productions such as motion pictures, movies, videos, cable TV programs, and TV commercials for movie theaters, TV networks, cable TV channels, video-on-demand services, and other exhibitors.


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Business Valuation Resources


Small Business Valuation Multiples

Video Production
http://valuationresources.com/

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based valuation multiples for small businesses that produce videos for television programs and commercials, corporate communications, education, and training, distance education learning programs, and conventions, weddings, and other special events.








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