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Movie, Film, and Video Production and Distribution

SIC 7810 | NAICS 512100

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

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

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

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys
Movies & Home Entertainment
Standard & Poor's survey provides in-depth coverage for the movie and home entertainment industries, with topics covered including current business environment; industry profile, trends, and operations; key ratios and statistics; additional references; and comparative company analysis. Sample report can be viewed online.

First Research
Motion Picture Production and Distribution

First Research profiles provide analysis, statistics, and forecasts for a wide range of industries, with content sections including industry overview, recent developments, issues and challenges, business trends and opportunities, leading companies, executive insights, financial benchmarking information, and 5-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated monthly; sample report is available online.

SNL Financial, LLC
Filmed Entertainment
Subscription research service provides in-depth coverage of the filmed entertainment industry, with studies and other research available including "Economics of Motion Pictures", "Economics of TV & Film", "Film-By-Film Analysis", "Exhibition Economics", and "The State of Home Video". Summary descriptions of studies and other research available from this service are available online.

IHS Screen Digest
Cinema Intelligence
Subscription research service provides in-depth analysis of the movie business, with information provided including box office revenue and admissions, distributor market shares, box office earnings by distributor, releases by distributor, and five-year forecasts for box office and admissions. Analyst commentary and summary descriptions of other information available from this service are available online.

Euromonitor International
Filmmaking in the US
Market research report analyzes key trends and developments for the U.S. filmmaking industry, with topics covered including industry overview, market trends, competitive environment, prospects, and five-year revenue forecasts. Sample report and table of contents can be viewed free online.

TV and Film Production  Search for specific terms or keywords
In-depth market research reports include information on market size and segmentation; marketing strategy; product and market forecasts; business trends, risks, and opportunities; key participant profiles; market share data; and more. Summary abstract and table of contents can be viewed free online.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Motion Picture and Video Production and Distribution  Search for "5121"
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

RMA Annual Statement Studies
Motion Picture and Video Production  Search for "512110"
Annual financial statement analysis includes common-size income statements and balance sheets and key financial ratios for companies in these industries. Report includes five years of historical data with the most recent year's data broken out by sales and assets size range. Sample report can be viewed online.

Compensation Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Producers and Directors / Editors and Camera Operators / editors-and-camera-operators
Information provided for this occupational category includes a description of the nature of the work and the work environment, number and types of jobs, education and training requirements, wages and earnings, employment outlook, and sources for additional information. All information is available free online.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Employment and Wages - Motion Picture and Video Industries
Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for occupations in these industries on a national, state, and metropolitan area basis, with statistical measures for national wage data including mean, median, upper/lower quartiles, and upper/lower deciles. All information is available free online.

Business Valuation Resources

Small Business Valuation Multiples

Video Production

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based business valuation multiples for small businesses in more than 200 industries. Valuation multiples are derived from actual business sales transactions as reported by BIZCOMPSĀ®, with the primary focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million.