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Revenue

Revenue includes sales and funding income and payments from clients. It may include funding for work not yet completed.

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

  • Total revenue for the screen industry was $2,743 million, an 11 percent increase from the 2007 year. 
  • Three-quarters of the increase in total revenue was attributable to a $196 million increase in funding for feature films.

Revenue by screen industry sector 

  • Television broadcasting contributed $1,155 million (42 percent) to total revenue in 2008, a similar proportion to 2007. 
  • There was a small increase in exhibition revenue (up 12 percent to $145 million) and a small decrease in distribution revenue (down 9 percent to $176 million).

Businesses in the screen production sector were asked to identify production and post-production revenue separately. 

  • Production revenue ($945 million) made up 75 percent of total production and post-production revenue of $1,266 million. 
  • Post-production revenue increased 27 percent, to $321 million.

Gross Revenue for the Screen Industry

Subsector revenue 

Note: Before 2008, revenue for short films was included as part of feature films' revenue. From 2008 short films is included in ‘other’. 

  • Revenue for feature films in 2008 was 39 percent higher than the combined revenue for feature films and short films in 2007, rising from $458 million to $637 million.

Business size, by revenue 

Businesses in the screen industry are grouped into bands according to total revenue earned in a year. 

  • Most businesses (88 percent) continue to earn less than $500,000. 
  • Comparatively, 59 percent of businesses in the distribution, exhibition, and broadcasting sectors earned less than $500,000. Businesses in these sectors tend to be larger and have higher revenue than those in other sectors in the screen industry. 
  • The proportion of distribution, exhibition, and broadcasting businesses with revenue of $10 million or more was 7 percent compared with 1 percent of the general screen industry population. 
  • A higher proportion of businesses in the distribution, exhibition, and broadcasting sectors earned $1 million or more (29 percent) than did in the previous year (23 percent). More businesses were operating in these sectors in 2008 than in 2007.

International revenue 

Businesses in the screen production sector are asked to report revenue by country of origin. 

  • Almost half (47 percent) of screen production revenue earned was from outside New Zealand. 
  • The main contributing country to screen production revenue, after New Zealand, was the United States, accounting for $497 million of the $1,266 million earned. 
  • Revenue from the United Kingdom for screen productions was down from $14 million to $5 million.

See tables 1, 3–5, 9, and 11–15 under Available files for more information on revenue in the screen industry.

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