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Post-production activities in the screen production sector

Both screen production companies and contractors carry out post-production activities. Traditionally, post-production accounts for a larger proportion of contractors’ revenue than it does of screen production companies’ revenue.

Post-production activity is all activity involved in putting together scenes to make a production complete, including editing, visual effects, and audio and duplication.

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

  • In 2008, 864 businesses undertook post-production activities, a 20 percent increase. 
  • Total revenue from post-production was $321 million, up 27 percent on 2007. 
  • Editing, captioning, and subtitling activity was up 18 percent to $58 million, and accounted for 18 percent of post-production revenue. 
  • 501 businesses (over half) carried out editing, captioning, and sub-titling activity, while 408 businesses were active in digital graphics, animation or effects.

Screen production companies 

  • 276 screen production companies earned total revenue of $155 million from post-production activities. 
  • Post-production revenue for screen production companies doubled; however, there was only a 23 percent increase in the number of active companies.

Contractors in the screen production sector 

  • Contractors had post-production revenue of $166 million, down 6 percent. However, more contractors were involved in post-production, up from 546 to 624. 
  • The main fall in contractors’ revenue was from digital graphics, animation or effects, which fell 13 percent or $17 million.

Gross revenue of contracting businesses from post-production services, by post-production service

Number of contracting businesses from post-production services, by post-production service

Businesses are asked to report revenue earned from a particular country or country grouping based on where the individual or business who pays them usually resides. If the business was paid by a New Zealand business on behalf of a business located overseas, the revenue is recorded as being from New Zealand.

  • The majority (83 percent) of contractors’ post-production revenue came from New Zealand.

Screen production companies versus contractors 

  • The numbers of both screen production companies and contractors carrying out post-production were higher in 2008 than in 2007. However, while post-production revenue for screen production companies rose, contractors’ post-production revenue fell. 
  • The changes in post-production indicate a shift away from screen production companies contracting out their post-production services towards doing them in-house.

See tables 12–15, 34, 37, 39, 40, and 42 under Available files for more information on post-production services in the screen industry

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