Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/01/2003
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Film and video production
During 1999-2000, businesses in the television services industry, film and video production industry, and film and video distribution industry incurred total film and video production costs of $1,791.7m. Of these costs, $1,315.4m was spent on productions specifically for television, $243.0m on commercials and advertisements and $233.4m on productions other than for television. These businesses completed, or were working on, 5,410 productions other than for television, of which 4,727 were corporate, marketing or training videos and 51 were feature films. For additional information about the film and video production industry, see Service industries.
Film and video distribution
The film and video distribution industry comprises businesses mainly engaged in leasing or wholesaling motion pictures on film or video tape to organisations for exhibition or sale. Agents mainly engaged in leasing and wholesaling films and videos to organisations are also included.
At 30 June 2000, there were 58 businesses in the industry, which employed 1,426 people. In 1999-2000 these businesses generated $1,141.8m in total income and had an operating profit before tax of $103.6m. The main sources of income were the sale, rental or lease of prerecorded video tapes, disks, films and interactive software ($841.1m), and the provision of channels to pay television broadcasters ($169.2m). For additional information about the film and video distribution industry, see Service industries.
Motion picture exhibition
The motion picture exhibition industry comprises businesses mainly engaged in screening motion pictures on film or video tape. It also includes businesses mainly engaged in drive-in theatre operation, cinema operation and film or video festival operation.
The ABS conducted a survey on the motion picture exhibition industry in respect of 1999-2000. At the end of June 2000, there were 173 businesses in the industry, employing 9,282 people. The motion picture exhibition industry had an operating profit before tax of $113.3m for 1999-2000, which represented a profit margin of 11.4%.
At the end of June 2000, there were 326 cinema sites and 17 drive-in sites in Australia. For 1999-2000, there were 79 million paid admissions to cinemas.
For additional information about motion picture exhibition, see Service industries.
The 1999 Survey of Attendance at Selected Cultural and Sporting Events and Venues found that 67.0% of the Australian population aged 15 and over (almost 10 million persons) attended a cinema, drive-in or other public screening of a film at least once in the 12 months prior to interview in April 1999 (table 12.17). Attendance at cinemas was significantly higher than in 1995, when the attendance rate was 62.1% (8.7 million persons).
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