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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2007  
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Contents >> 16.0 Film and Video - Introduction >> 16.4 Financial Data for Film and Video Production Industry

Film and video production industry

The television industry also has a role in the production of film and video. While predominantly involved in broadcasting (the subject of chapter 17) the television industry also spends substantial amounts on productions made specifically for television. In 2002-03, the Survey of Television, Film and Video Production found that $1,140.7m was spent on television productions, 71% by television broadcasters.

16.7 PRODUCTION COSTS OF PROGRAMS MADE SPECIFICALLY FOR TELEVISION - 2002-03

Television businesses(a)
Other businesses(b)
Total
$m
$m
$m

Drama
np
np
159.5
Situation and sketch comedy
5.9
*9.8
15.8
Documentaries
5.5
30.7
36.2
Quiz, panel and game shows
np
np
17.2
News and current affairs
344.3
6.7
351.0
Sport
285.2
*19.9
305.1
Light entertainment and variety
88.6
45.0
133.6
Other(c)
np
np
*122.3
Total
812.4
328.4
1 140.7

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
(a) Includes commercial free-to-air, subscription and public broadcasters.
(b) Includes businesses whose primary activity was film and video production or subscription television channel provision with in-house production.
(c) Includes children's programs.
ABS, Television, Film and Video Production, 2002-03 (cat. no. 8679.0).


The 2002-03 Survey of Television, Film and Video Production found that there were 5,774 films and/or videos created which were not specifically made for television, at a total production cost of $142.4m. While the majority of these (88%) were Corporate, marketing and training media, more than 50% of total production costs were devoted to the production of 66 feature films.

16.8 Productions made other than for television - 2002-03

Productions
Total cost of production
Average cost per production
no.
$m
$'000

Type of production
Feature films
66
73.5
1 113.8
Short films
*74
2.4
*32.8
Documentaries
*37
*1.7
*46.5
Corporate, marketing and training media
5 057
33.9
6.7
Educational media
*185
*3.8
*20.7
Music media
*156
*2.5
*15.8
Other
199
24.5
*123.1
Total
5 774
142.4
24.7

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
ABS, Television, Film and Video Production, 2002-03 (cat. no. 8679.0).


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