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Production activity
by production type

Value and share, 1996/97, 1999/00, 2002/03 and 2006/07

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2006/07

According to Service Industry Survey data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, news and current affairs was the top production category in 2006/07, as it has been for the past three surveys, accounting for 22 per cent of all production costs. This was followed by light entertainment and variety at 16 per cent and sport at 14 per cent. Television drama (including situation and sketch comedy) was sixth highest, at 9 per cent of total production costs. Documentary production (both for television and other mediums) was valued at $44.6 million (around 2–3 per cent of the total).

Production activity is that of television broadcasters (both free-to-air and subscription) and subscription television content providers as well as businesses in the film and video production and post-production services industry. Historical comparisons are problematic as 2006/07 figures include significant non-employing businesses whereas previous years do not and the ABS revised some, but not all, 2002/03 data (see About the data).

Commercials production increased to $243.1 million in 2006/07, with non-broadcasters spending $111 million for the Australian market and $85 million for overseas.

Feature film production appears to have increased significantly to $183.8 million in 2006/07. This represents almost 10 per cent of total costs, almost double the 2002/03 share.

Production activity estimates for corporate/marketing/training videos more than doubled to $71.7 million. However, this increase is likely to be due to the change in survey scope as there was also a dramatic increase in the number of businesses undertaking this production from 254 (excluding non-employing units) to 454 (including non-employing units).

Graph: Value of production activity by production type, 2006/07. Table following provides the data.
  No. businesses Production value ($m) Share of value (%)
Total 1,882.4
Production for children1 *33 ^64.5  
News and current affairs *63 411.5 22%
TV drama, situation and sketch comedy n.a. 168.0 9%
Situation and sketch comedy 8 15.1 <1%
TV drama (excludes children’s) ^22 152.9 8%
Sport *50 268.4 14%
Commercials n.a. 243.1 13%
Feature films 78 183.8 10%
Light entertainment and variety *84 306.1 16%
Quiz, panel and game shows 8 74.8 4%
TV documentaries ^67 ^39.8 2%
Other TV programs (includes children’s) 1 n.a. 97.5 5%
Corporate/marketing/training videos ^454 *71.7 4%
Other non-TV programs *74 ^4.1 <1%
Documentaries (other than for TV) **46 4.8 <1%
Short films ^33 1.4 <1%
Music media *27 ^1.3 <1%
Educational media *107 *6.0 <1%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Television, Film and Video Production and Post-production Services, 2006/07 (cat. no. 8679.0).

Notes:
Includes film and video production and post-production businesses, free-to-air and subscription television broadcasters and subscription television channel providers. Unlike previous years, includes significant non-employing businesses: see About the data.
^ Estimate has a relative standard error of 10–25 per cent and should be used with caution.
* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25–50 per cent and should be used with caution.
** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50 per cent and is considered too unreliable for general use.
n.a. Data not available.
1. Children’s production figures are included in total as part of ‘Other TV programs’.

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2002/03

  No. businesses Production value ($m) Share of value (%)
Total1 1,502.5
Production for children2 *22 *78.8  
News and current affairs ^48 351.0 23%
TV drama, situation and sketch comedy n.a. 175.3 12%
Situation and sketch comedy ^10 ^15.8  
TV drama ^26 159.5  
Sport ^47 305.1 20%
Commercials1 n.a. 219.3 15%
Feature films1 ^65 73.5 5%
Light entertainment and variety ^43 133.6 9%
Quiz, panel and game shows *14 17.2 1%
TV documentaries ^98 ^36.2 2%
Other TV programs (includes children’s)2 ^33 *122.3 8%
Corporate/marketing/training videos ^254 ^33.9 2%
Other non-TV programs *25 24.5 2%
Documentaries (other than for TV) *21 *1.7 <1%
Short films *39 ^2.4 <1%
Music media *36 *2.5 <1%
Educational media *42 *3.8 <1%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Television, Film and Video Production, 2002/03 (cat. no. 8679.0).

Notes:
Includes film and video production and post-production businesses, free-to-air and subscription television broadcasters and subscription television channel providers. Unlike some 2002/03 top-line figures, these estimates were not revised in 2006/07 and do not include non-employing businesses.
^ Estimate has a relative standard error of 10–25 per cent and should be used with caution.
* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25–50 per cent and should be used with caution.
n.a. Data not available.
1. With the release of 2006/07 data, the ABS issued revised top-line figures for 2002/03, including revised production costs of $1,492.4 million, $195.6 million for commercials and $73.6 million for feature films: see About the data.
2. Children’s production figures are included in total as part of ‘Other TV programs’.

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1999/00

  No. businesses Production value ($m) Share of value (%)
Total   1,791.7  
Production for children 16 88.4  
News and current affairs 44 353.9 20%
TV drama, situation and sketch comedy n.a. 339.1 19%
Situation and sketch comedy 8 20.3  
TV drama 41 318.8  
Sport 62 289.1 16%
Commercials n.a. 243.0 14%
Feature films 50 148.6 8%
Light entertainment and infotainment 53 138.5 8%
Quiz, panel and game shows 8 n.p n.p.
TV documentaries 133 70.0 4%
Other TV programs 32 n.p. n.p.
Corporate/marketing/training videos 298 45.0 3%
Other non-TV programs *22 *27.1 2%
Documentaries (other than for TV) 30 4.3 <1%
Short films 53 *3.5 <1%
Music video *37 *3.2 <1%
Educational *20 *1.7 <1%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Film and Video Production and Distribution, 1999/2000 (cat. no. 8679.0).

Notes:
Includes film and video production and post-production businesses, free-to-air and subscription television broadcasters and subscription television channel providers. Does not include non-employing businesses.
* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25–50 per cent.
** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50 per cent.
n.a. Data not available.
n.p. Not available for publication but included in totals where applicable.

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1996/97

  No. businesses Production value ($m) Share of value (%)
Total   1,576.9  
Production for children 30 45.0  
News and current affairs 69 278.0 18%
TV drama, situation and sketch comedy 50 *365.7 23%
Situation and sketch comedy n.a. n.a.  
TV drama n.a. n.a.  
Sport 64 202.1 13%
Commercials n.a. 233.7 15%
Feature films *47 192.4 12%
Light entertainment and infotainment (including quiz, panel and game shows) 81 136.2 9%
TV documentaries 134 53.3 3%
Other TV programs 74 60.3 4%
Corporate/marketing/training videos 316 40.7 3%
Other non-TV programs 65 **7.7 <1%
Documentaries (other than for TV) *23 2.9 <1%
Short films 12 0.7 <1%
Music video *39 **1.8 <1%
Educational *30 *1.5 <1%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Film and Video Production and Distribution, 1996/97 (cat. no. 8679.0).

Notes:
Includes film and video production and post-production businesses, free-to-air and subscription television broadcasters and subscription television channel providers. Does not include non-employing businesses.
* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25–50 per cent.
** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50 per cent.
n.a. Data not available.

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