Knowing some film industry statistics goes a long way when having discussions around money, especially with film investors who are "outside" the industry. Being able to confidently discuss industry trends, such as recent distribution deals, streaming/vod audiences, key studio players and more, show you have educated yourself about your chosen profession. When asking anyone for money, showing you are a thoughtful expert in your field immediately gives your potential investors confidence in you as a filmmaker.
PwC's annual Global Entertainment and Media Outlook
PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) film industry statistics, provided in their annual Global Entertainment and Media Outlook, offer a consistent, comprehensive online source of global analysis for consumer/end-user and advertising spending.
With like-for-like, five-year historical and forecast data across 13 industry segments in 48 countries, the Outlook makes it easy to compare and contrast regional growth rates and consumer and advertising spend.
PwC's annual Global Entertainment and Media Outlook is often considered the industry standard for Entertainment and Media film industry statistics, and referenced by all major media news outlets, both online and in print. They usually offer a free download on their site and it's worth you taking some time to know the forecasts for Cinema or TV/Home Video and OTT over the next 4 years.
Independent Movie Business Plan Package
All these statistics and forecasts are included in our FilmProposals Film Business Plan Template. We scour all reputable industry sources, studies, forecasts and charts to select the best and most current independent film industry information and put them right in our templates and tools.
The 2020-2024 PwC Entertainment and Media Outlook projects:
- To a large degree, COVID-19 and its after effects have pulled the future forward, as consumers take more control of their own media consumption in a world of ever-expanding choice.
- The acceleration of change has forged several compelling industry tipping points. As recently as 2015, box office revenues were three times those of the SVOD sector. Having caught up with the box office sector in 2019, SVOD is now projected to reach twice the size of the box office by 2024.
- In July 2020, Trolls World Tour—produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures—was made available in theatres and for digital rental (for US$20) on the same day, which likely forecasts the potential for future release patterns.
The film industry statistics report covers global filmed entertainment growth by region (North America, EMEA - Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America) and highlights the standout changes in market growth per year by region.
Using PwC's well-respected film industry statistics are sure to gain you credibility with Film Investors. They are perfect numbers to use in conversation and on paper to show potential film investors you know and understand the film industry.
Film Industry statistics Research by PwC, 2020-2024
Recent Film Acquisition Deals
Streaming providers, especially Netflix, generally guard their acquisition prices tightly, however, here are some recently publicized notable deals. If you are a first time filmmaker, or don't have an A-List star in your film, that's OK. You just need to let your investors know that while you in no way expect to earn the same dollar amounts upon selling your film, you are highlighting the earnings potential of various films.
- Malcolm & Marie @ $30M to Netflix – a romantic drama starring John David Washington and Zendaya.
- Bruised @ $20M to Netflix - Halle Berry’s directorial debut stars her portraying a comeback MMA fighter.
- CODA @ $25M to Apple - a coming-of-age drama about high school senior Ruby, the only person in her deaf family capable of hearing
European Film Market (EFM) Deals 2021
- The Pale Blue Eye @ $55M (a record) to Netflix - not even in production at time of purchase! Based on a best-selling book of the same name, Christian Bale stars as a detective investing a series of murders in the 1830s at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
- The Ice Road @ $18M to Netflix - "After a remote diamond mine collapses in the far northern regions of Canada, an ice driver (Liam Neeson) leads an impossible rescue mission over a frozen ocean."
- Operation Mincemeat @ $15M for North America and Latin America rights to Netflix - World War II movie starring Colin Firth
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