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8679.0 - Television, Film and Video Production, Australia, 2002-03  
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INTRODUCTION

This publication presents results from an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey of businesses involved in television, film and video production services. The survey was conducted in respect of the 2002-03 financial year.


The 2002-03 Television, Film and Video Production Survey is the fourth ABS survey of television broadcasting and film and video production services businesses. Previous collections were conducted in respect of 1999-2000, 1996-97 and 1993-94 financial years.



CHANGES TO THIS PUBLICATION

This publication combines the results of Television Services and Film and Video Production for the first time. Television Services results were previously published in catalogue no. 8559.0.



COMPARISONS WITH PREVIOUS SURVEY RESULTS

This survey has been designed to provide a measure of the financial and business structure of television broadcasting and film and video production services businesses operating in Australia. While comparisons are made between 2002-03 survey results and earlier iterations of these surveys, the survey has not been designed to provide highly accurate estimates of change, so any comparisons made to the previous surveys should be used with caution. For further information, see paragraphs 21-23 of the Explanatory Notes and the Technical Note.



MORE INFORMATION ON ABS SERVICE INDUSTRIES STATISTICS

Information about ABS activities in the field of service industries statistics is available from the Service Industries Statistics theme page on the ABS web site <http://www.abs.gov.au>. To access the theme page, select 'Themes' from the menu on the home page.



COMMENTS

The ABS welcomes comments and suggestions from users regarding future surveys of Service Industries. These comments should be addressed to the Director, Service Industries Business Statistics Centre, Australian Bureau of Statistics, GPO Box 2796Y, Melbourne, Vic. 3001.



ROUNDING

Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sum of component items and the total.



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Marie Apostolou on Melbourne (03) 9615 7465.





INTRODUCTION

This publication presents results of the 2002-03 Television, Film and Video Production Survey. This survey was conducted by the ABS to provide a detailed measure of the performance and structure of television broadcasting and film and video production services businesses operating in Australia. The main focus of the survey was on understanding the composition of the income generated by these businesses, details of expenses incurred, and the characteristics of television, film and video productions. A state dimension is also presented.


The survey scope for television services included employing businesses in Australia that mainly engaged in television broadcasting. These services included production of television programs, whether live or on tape or other recording medium, for own use. The survey excluded community television broadcasters.


The scope for film and video production included employing businesses in Australia that generated income predominantly from the production of motion pictures on film or video tape for theatre or television projection, and production services such as editing, duplication and film laboratory services. The scope was also extended to include businesses receiving royalties from feature film production and subscription television channel providers.


Chapter 1 contains summary information about commercial free-to-air and subscription television broadcasters and film and video production services businesses. Chapter 2 presents statistics on the production activity of the following: commercial free-to-air, public and subscription television broadcasters; subscription television channel providers; and film and video production services businesses. Chapter 3 presents statistics on film and video production services businesses, while chapter 4 presents statistics on commercial free-to-air and subscription television broadcasters.



SUMMARY

FILM AND VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICES

At the end of June 2003 there were 2,174 film and video production services businesses with employment of 16,427 persons. These businesses generated $1,596.6m in income and incurred $1,504.8m in expenses during 2002-03.


Operating profit before tax was $91.7m, which represented an operating profit margin of 5.9%.


The industry value added by film and video production businesses was $668.2m contributing the equivalent of 0.09% of Australian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for 2002-03.


TELEVISION SERVICES

There were 9,094 employees working for 27 commercial free-to-air and 6 subscription television broadcasters at the end of June 2003.


These businesses generated $5,158.8m in income and incurred $4,991.3m in expenses during 2002-03.


Operating profit before tax was $207.4m, which represented an operating profit margin of 4.1%.


The industry value added by commercial free-to-air and subscription television broadcasting businesses was $1,460.2m contributing the equivalent of 0.2% of Australian GDP for 2002-03.

SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS

Film and video production services
Television services(a)

Businesses at end Juneno.
2,174
33
Total employment at end Juneno.
16,427
9,094
Total income$m
1,596.6
5,158.8
Total expenses$m
1,504.8
4,991.3
Operating profit before tax$m
^91.7
207.4
Operating profit margin%
^5.9
4.1
Industry value added$m
668.2
1,460.2

^ estimate has a relative standard error of 10% to less than 25% and should be used with caution
(a) Includes commercial free-to-air and subscription broadcasters.

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