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Distribution, exhibition, and broadcasting

Film and video distribution, film exhibition, and television broadcasting are three distinct sectors in the screen industry. Businesses in these sectors act as intermediaries between screen productions and viewers.

Information is for the 2008 financial year, and for the 2008 financial year compared with the 2007 financial year unless otherwise stated.

Revenue 

  • Television broadcasting was once again the most significant of these three sectors, earning $1,155 million in 2008 – a 7 percent increase. 
  • Revenue for film and video distribution fell from $194 million to $176 million (down 9 percent). 
  • Film exhibition revenue rose 12 percent, from $129 million to $145 million.

Number of businesses 

  • The number of businesses involved in film and video distribution increased 14 percent. 
  • The number of businesses undertaking film exhibition also rose, up 8 percent, while television broadcasting participant numbers fell 7 percent.

Salaries and wages 

Businesses are allocated to a primary sector when calculating salary and wage, and employment count statistics. This allocation is based on the sector in which the business earns the most revenue. 

  • Of total salaries and wages for the screen industry, businesses with a primary sector of television broadcasting accounted for 46 percent, or $174 million. 
  • Television broadcasting as a primary sector accounted for 39 percent of employees in the industry (not including freelancers or contracting staff). 
  • Businesses with film exhibition as their primary sector accounted for 31 percent of employees in the industry, but only 9 percent of total wages and salaries. 
  • Film exhibition as a primary sector had the lowest average annual salaries and wages in the 2008 year.

 Salary and Wages in the Screen Industry

Digital technology 

  • 126 distribution, exhibition, and broadcasting businesses used some form of digital technology, up from 99 businesses in 2007. 
  • Fewer businesses reported digital broadcasting activity in 2008 (21) than in 2007 (36). 
  • Nearly twice as many businesses reported digital distribution compared with the previous year.

Before 2008, businesses with exhibition activity were only asked to report their digital exhibition activity. From 2008 the questionnaire asks businesses to report digital exhibition and electronic exhibition separately. Due to wording, some businesses may have reported electronic exhibition as digital exhibition in previous years, while others may not have. 

  • Overall, there were more businesses reporting either digital or electronic exhibition in 2008 than reported digital exhibition in 2007.

See tables 1–3, 24–26, 28, 32, 36, 38, 40, and 42 under Available files for more information on sectors in the screen industry.

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