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Screen production sector

The screen production sector is made up of screen production companies and contractors. Work in the sector includes both production (eg writing, filming) and post-production (eg editing, animation) activities.

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

  • Gross revenue for the sector was $1,266 million in 2008, an increase of 18 percent over 2007. Both production and post-production revenue increased. 
  • 2,106 businesses were involved in the screen production sector, a small increase of 4 percent. 
  • The number of businesses involved in post-production increased 21 percent.

Revenue by subsector 

Revenue includes sales income, funding income, and payments from clients. 

  • Revenue for feature films, the biggest earner by subsector, accounted for half of screen production revenue.

Note: Before 2008, revenue for feature films included revenue for short films. From 2008 short film revenue is included in ‘other’. 

  • At $637 million, feature film revenue was 39 percent higher than the combined revenue for feature films and short films in 2007. 
  • Funding for feature films was $353 million, or 55 percent of total revenue for feature films. 
  • Funding for feature films increased $196 million, more than the $190 million increase in gross revenue for the screen production sector. 
  • Revenue from television programmes, the second biggest earner by subsector, accounted for 30 percent of the sector’s revenue in 2008, and was similar in value to that earned in 2007.

Gross revenue received by screen production sector, by subsector 

International revenue 

  • Revenue from international sources for the screen production sector was $591 million, an increase of $219 million or 59 percent. 
  • The majority (84 percent) of international revenue for the sector came from the United States. 
  • Revenue from the United States increased 73 percent and accounted for the majority of the increase in international revenue.

Screen production companies 

Screen production companies create work intended for final users, such as television stations, corporate customers, advertising agencies, and distributors. 

  • 555 screen production companies were active in the screen production sector and earned a total of $932 million, over half ($487 million) of which was from feature films.

Note: Before 2008, feature film revenue included revenue for short films. From 2008 short films is included in ‘other’. 

  • Feature film revenue in 2008 was $210 million more than the combined revenue for feature films and short films in 2007. 
  • The increase in feature film revenue made up the majority of the increase in screen production companies’ revenue. 
  • More than half (58 percent) of screen production companies’ revenue was from overseas. Of this, 89 percent was from the United States.

Contractors in the screen production sector 

Contractors are freelancers, sole traders, individuals, and businesses who provide services or equipment to another screen production company on contract. 

  • 1,683 contractors were active in the screen production sector, and received total revenue of $334 million, a small decrease on revenue earned in 2007. 
  • Feature film revenue made up almost half (45 percent) of total revenue for contractors. 
  • Revenue from television programmes made up a further 28 percent of contractors’ revenue, and was up 13 percent in 2008.

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 of revenue ($285 million or 85 percent) earned by contractors was from New Zealand sources. 
  • The United States contributed $17 million or 35 percent of contractors’ international revenue.

See tables 3, 9–22, 26, 36, 38, and 43 under Available files for more information on the screen production sector in the screen industry

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