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Wellington's the film capital, but it's Auckland for TV
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  08 April 2015

Screen Industry: 2013/14  –  Media Release

Total revenue for the screen industry in 2014 was $3.2 billion, Statistics New Zealand said today. This is relatively unchanged from 2013. However, the contributions from different activities within the industry have changed slightly over the past year.

Feature films continued to dominate the revenue streams, contributing over 50 percent of all production and post-production revenue. Wellington continues to be the film hub of New Zealand, contributing 79 percent ($645 million) of all feature film revenue. Auckland accounted for just over three-quarters ($292 million) of revenue from television programmes. Auckland also accounted for almost 100 percent of broadcasting revenue ($1,403 million).

“The total revenue is largely driven by a few businesses – those with revenues of at least $50 million – but over 91 percent of all screen businesses earn less than half a million dollars each,” business performance statistics manager Jason Attewell said. “Many businesses in the screen industry are one-person contractors.”

To put this in context, 15,500 people were employed directly by the screen industry over the year ending March 2013, and they earned $742 million in wages.

The vast majority of screen businesses (96 percent) were engaged in production or post-production work.

In terms of value added, the screen industry added $1.1 billion to the economy, and almost half a percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

This information comes from the 2014 Screen Industry Survey, and includes GDP and labour market information. This release also covers activities such as television broadcasting, film and video distribution, and film exhibition.

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For media enquiries contact: Jason Attewell, Wellington 04 931 4600, info@stats.govt.nz
Authorised by Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician, 8 April 2015

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