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Motion Picture Production in the UK: Market Research Report

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Motion Picture Production Market Research Report | SIC J59.111 | Jan 2017

Great scene: Government tax incentives have attracted more inward investment

IBISWorld’s Motion Picture Production market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
NBC Universal, Inc. NBC Universal, Inc. market share
The Walt Disney Company The Walt Disney Company market share
Warner Bros Production Ltd Warner Bros Production Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • The availability of government tax incentives has been a major driver of industry growth
  • Revenue rebounded strongly in 2015-16 due to the success of UK-made films such as Spectre
  • The BFI intends to focus on increasing diversity in filmmaking and boosting funding outside London
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Motion Picture Production industry covers all businesses that produce films in the United Kingdom. These can be anything from big budget feature films to advertising and training films. The industry is characterised by significant volatility in revenue growth, which is largely influenced by the pattern and size of investments in the production of feature films in the United Kingdom. Other factors that can affect the success of industry operators are the exchange rate between the US dollar and the pound, film tax incentives and credit availability. Developments in film production and creative developments worldwide also affect the industry.

Over the five years through 2016-17, industry revenue is expected to expand at a compound annual rate of 21% to £2.8... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

Barriers to entry into this industry are generally low for small-scale, independent producers who are able to hire digital filming equipment on their own. There are also no licensing or regulatory requirements applicable directly to small-scale companies. Large-scale producers, on the other hand, require access to large studios and associated facilities, which makes it more difficult to enter the industry at that level. In particular, financing film productions without personnel (such as directors, writers and producers) who have strong credentials is difficult. The huge risk involved in producing and distributing big-budget films means that banks are wary of who they lend to.

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Additional Insights for the Motion Picture Production Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Motion Picture Production Industry are

  • Access to multiskilled and flexible workforce
  • Having a good reputation
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Exchange rate - US dollar per pound and Demand from film, video and tv programme distribution in the Motion Picture Production industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Motion Picture Production Industry?

    Companies in this industry produce feature motion pictures. Activities may be carried out solely by a UK studio or producer or in conjunction with international studios as part of a co-production agreement. This industry excludes post-production activities such as editing, adding sound, subtitling, titling and adding special effects (IBISWorld report J59.120).

    Industry Products
    Domestic featuresCo-productionsInward investment filmsOther non-feature films
    Industry Activities
    Advertising film productionAnimated film productionFeature film productionTraining film production

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Exchange rate - US dollar per pound
  • Demand from film, video and tv programme distribution
  • Demand from television programming and broadcasting
  • Business capital expenditure
  • Demand from advertising agencies
  • Current Performance
  • Quick growth
  • Film-related fluctuations
  • Exchange rate depreciation
  • A helping hand
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry assistance
  • International trade
  • Capacity
  • Potential policies
  • Table: Motion Picture Production Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Motion Picture Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Film, Video & TV Programme Post-Production
  • Film, Video & TV Programme Distribution
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Catering Services
  • Film, Video & TV Programme Post-Production
  • Financial Leasing
  • Products & Services
  • Inward investment films
  • Other non-feature films
  • Domestic features
  • Co-productions
  • Chart: Motion Picture Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Domestic
  • United States
  • European Union
  • Other Europe
  • Other
  • Asia
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Motion Picture Production Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent and utilities
  • Royalties
  • Depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Motion Picture Production
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Motion Picture Production Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Time Warner Entertainment Limited
    The Walt Disney Company Ltd
    NBCUniversal, Inc
  • Table: Time Warner Entertainment Limited - financial performance
  • Table: The Walt Disney Company Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: NBCUniversal, Inc - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Motion Picture Production Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Motion Picture Production Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • A film produced by two or more different production companies and covered by official government agreements.
  • Domestic Feature
  • A film largely produced in the United Kingdom or by UK film production companies.
  • Inward Investment
  • Foreign investment that is not tied to official bilateral agreements.

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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Motion Picture Production market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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