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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Motion Picture & Sound Recording Industries

Overview of the U.S. Motion Picture & Sound Recording Industries Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:
  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Motion Picture & Sound Recording Industries: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Statistics 2012        2013        2014        2015        2016        2017
Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast[PREMIUM]

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Motion Picture & Sound Recording Industries industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Advertising Revenues

Admissions To Feature Film Exhibitions (Exclude State And Local Taxes.)

Licensing Of Domestic Rights To Distribute Audiovisual Works

Licensing Of Domestic Rights To Exhibit, Broadcast, Or Rent Feature Films (Include ""Revenue-Sharing"" Agreements.)

Licensing Of Domestic Rights To Broadcast Or Rent Television And Cable Programming (Include ""Revenue-Sharing"" Agreements.)

Licensing Of International Rights To Distribute Audiovisual Works

Licensing Of International Rights To Exhibit, Broadcast, Or Rent Audiovisual Works (Include ""Revenue-Sharing"" Agreements.)

Contract Production Services For Audiovisual Works

Outright Sale Of Audiovisual Works

Sale Of Copies Of Audiovisual Works To The Wholesale, Retail, And Rental Markets

Production Support Services For Audiovisual Works

Postproduction Services For Audiovisual Works

Postproduction Services For Audiovisual Works - Linear Editing

Postproduction Services For Audiovisual Works - Nonlinear Editing

Postproduction Services For Audiovisual Works - Compression And Digital Encoding

Postproduction Services For Audiovisual Works - Color Correction Services

Postproduction Services For Audiovisual Works - Visual Effects

Postproduction Services For Audiovisual Works - Animation

Licensing Of Rights To Use Musical Compositions

Licensing Of Rights To Use Musical Recordings

Musical Phonorecords

Print Music

Administration Of Copyrights For Others

Studio Recording Services For Music Clients

Studio Recording Services For Radio Material

Audiovisual Works Sold Directly To The Consumer

Merchandise Licensing - Domestic And International

Postproduction Services For Audiovisual Works - Sound Editing And Design

Other Postproduction Services For Audiovisual Works

Motion Picture Film Laboratory Services

Duplication And Copying Services For Audiovisual Works

Meals And Beverages, Prepared And Served Or Dispensed, For Immediate Consumption

Rental Or Lease Of Goods And/Or Equipment

Resale Of Merchandise

All Other Receipts

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map of Motion Picture & Sound Recording Industries by state

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Motion Picture & Sound Recording Industries company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Motion Picture & Sound Recording Industries industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Motion Picture & Sound Recording Industries measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 4%

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Top Executives 6%
Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers 6%
General and Operations Managers2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 10%
Business Operations Specialists 7%
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 41%
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers 19%
Actors, Producers, and Directors 17%
Actors 8%
Producers and Directors 9%
Media and Communication Workers 5%
Media and Communication Equipment Workers 13%
Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians and Radio Operators 23%
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians 7%
Sound Engineering Technicians 16%
Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators and Editors 6%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 12%
Food and Beverage Serving Workers 10%
Fast Food and Counter Workers 10%
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 8%
Personal Care and Service Occupations 15%
Entertainment Attendants and Related Workers 12%
Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers 10%
Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers 10%
Sales and Related Occupations 7%
Retail Sales Workers 5%
Cashiers 5%
Cashiers 5%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 9%
Information and Record Clerks 5%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 5%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 5%
Other Office and Administrative Support Workers 5%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Motion Picture & Sound Recording Industries Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • Warner Bros. Entertainment patents Transforming Audio Content For Subjective Fidelity - 01/04/2018
  • Saul Zaentz trademarks "GOLLUM" - Albums for trading cards; albums for stickers; arts and craft clay kits; arts and craft paint kits; binders; books featuring photographic prints, books for role-playing, books on fantasy, books on myths, posters, maps, song books, gift books in the field of games, films and fantasy, strategy guides for games; manuals used for computer games and interactive games, non-electronic personal planning books; children's arts and crafts paper kits; coin albums; commemorative stamp sheets, postage stamps; decals; figures made of paper; animation cells; wall charts, stationery, calendars; playing cards; paper cake decorations, trading cards; bookmarks; stickers; sticker books; art prints; printed holograms, photos and cells from fantasy games sold as a unit, lithographic prints. writing paper; note books; note pads; note cards, postcards, folders, instructional and teaching materials in the field of games films and fantasy, magazines in the fields of games, films and fantasy, book ends, letter openers, paperweights; pencils, pens, erasers, and pencil cases - 12/29/2017
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment trademarks "THE GOONIES" - Computer software and firmware for playing games of chance on any computerized platform, including dedicated gaming consoles, video based slot machines, reel based slot machines, and video lottery terminals - 12/29/2017
  • Interactions patents Hierarchical Speech Recognition Decoder - 10/19/2017
  • DTS patents Automatic Multi-channel Music Mix From Multiple Audio Stems - 10/19/2017
  • Here BE Dragons raises $14 million in funding. - 07/28/2017
  • Scratch Music Group raises $1 million in funding. - 05/10/2017
  • Pixelogic Media Partners raises $15 million in funding. - 04/19/2017

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Warner Bros. Entertainment1899
    Universal City Studios LLLP1836
    Sony Pictures Entertainment100

    Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

    Latest Industry News

    • The Brutal Math of Gender Inequality in Hollywood - Lady Bird won the award for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy ... key grips, or supervising sound editors. The report has tracked women’s employment in top-grossing films for 20 years. “In 2017, women comprised 18 percent of all directors, writers ... (01/13/2018)
    • Letters: Great season, bad ending for the Rams - Isaac Newton stated that a body at rest tends to stay at rest and a body in motion ... picture... a coach with little experience coaching, a general manager with experience as an agent, and a former star with no experience running a team and a poor record ... (01/13/2018)
    • Nashville ranks No. 8 in Milken Institute jobs report - The report said Nashville's motion picture and sound recording industries also had experienced significant growth. Nashville wages grew 36 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to the report. 2. Raleigh, N.C. 3. Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas 4. (01/10/2018)
    • Cinema Audio Society Announces Nominees for 54th Annual CAS AWARDS - to provide the motion picture & television industry with a progressive society of master craftsmen specialized in the art of creative cinematic sound recording; to advance the specialized field of cinematic sound recording by exchange of ideas, methods ... (01/10/2018)
    • These entertainment stories dominated 2017 - The Weinstein Company fired him, and he was removed from The Academy of Motion Picture ... rock record, released one year before the death of singer Bon Scott. I remember ordering the first “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” LP from Sound Discount ... (01/05/2018)
    • Showbiz, Music Industry Jobs Drop 19% in Two Years - pointed out that the BLS stats are a combo of Motion Picture and Sound Recording numbers. Since the specific industries are not broken out, it makes it impossible for the MPAA to assess the changes in its industry. The BLS stats showed that average hourly ... (09/10/2014)
    • Motion Picture Sound Editors To Honor Ray Dolby At Golden Reel Awards - “Ray Dolby was a brilliant scientist whose inventions are in use every day in recording studios, sound editing suites ... a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and numerous other awards and honors, including ... (02/04/2014)
    • Pointing at Pornography for Job Losses - Employment in the motion picture and sound recording industries plunged in August, for a loss of 22,200 jobs. It was the sector with the biggest losses last month, and also represented the largest monthly decline since the Labor Department started keeping ... (09/06/2013)
    • February Was The Greatest Month For Movie And Music Industry Jobs In Over Two Decades - So this is a bit of a head-scratcher. According to today's Non-Farm Payrolls report, the gain in movie industry/sound recording jobs was the biggest since they've been tracking this number. Check it out. FRED (03/08/2013)
    • Full Sail graduates, faculty members honored at 23rd annual Crystal Reel Awards - recognizes achievements in the Florida motion picture, digital media, television and audio recording industries. The judges included a panel of Emmy, Grammy and Oscar recipients with no affiliation to the Florida Motion Picture & Television Association ... (11/20/2012)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $86,303,234 on Motion Picture & Sound Recording Industries. It has awarded 1,288 contracts to 318 companies, with an average value of $271,394 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount