Industry Reports


Amazing Post: Post-Production Careers in the Entertainment Industry
EIDC & the PMR Group, Inc. March 1999.

Explores opportunities in media post-production. Includes background on this industry segment, an analysis of post-production work flow, position descriptions, and list of job training/job preparation programs and curricula. Available for free download in Adobe Acrobat format.


British Columbia Film and Television Production Review
Produced for the Minister of Economic Development by Intervistas 2005.

In addition to the standard economic impact data, this report also provides an analysis of tax incentives. 124 pages.


CFTPA Annual Reports
Canadian Film & Television Production Association.

The Profile reports issued yearly by the CFTPA present volume indicators of the impact of film production on the Canadian economy and the effect of the Canadian Television Fund (CTF) subsidy program on Canada's competitiveness in the international production community. Past and current reports are available for download in Adobe Acrobat format.

Digital Distribution & Interactive Entertainment: A Labor Market Analysis and Sectoral Workforce Development Strategies
EIDC & The PMR Group, Inc. June 2002. Prepared for The City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board. Department of Labor, Sectoral Employment Demonstration, SGA/DFA 01-104.

An identification and analysis of the web-based entertainment, games, and digital distribution industries' market structure, employment patterns, wages and benefits, skill requirements and terms of employment. The report is a foundation for the development of strategies to serve dislocated industry employees and new entrants to the industry. This publication is not available online.

Engines of Growth: Economic Contributions of the U.S. Intellectual Property Industries
Economists Incorporated for IIPA. November 2005. This study was prepared for NBC Universal by economist Stephen E. Siwek of Economists Incorporated, on behalf of the copyright-based industries. The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA).is a coalition of seven trade associations representing the copyright industries in law reform and anti-piracy activities globally. This new study analyzes the industries that rely most heavily on copyright or patent protection to generate revenue, employ workers, and contribute to economic growth.

Entertainment Careers
EIDC & The PMR Group, Inc. Spring 2001.

A free, online-only guide for job seekers interested in exploring opportunities in entertainment. Includes sections dedicated to interest and skills self-assessment, job descriptions for entertainment positions, networking strategies, and a resources database, interspersed with the sometimes hard-won advice of successful industry professionals.

Film Industry Profile of California/Los Angeles County
The Motion Picture/TV Production Industry in California --Facing Major Changes in Its Environment: Produced by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. November 2005.


From Silicon Valley to Hollywood: Growth and Development of the Multimedia Industry in California
Scott, Allen J. Working Paper Series No. 13, The Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, University of California. Los Angeles, California. 1995. Offers an analysis of the software and entertainment production industries in California, their shared innovation, and their regional concentration in the Bay Area and Southern California, respectively. Differences between these industries' organizational structures and employment practices are explored, including the potential benefits of a regional multimedia alliance. Printed report is available from the Lewis Center for a fee.


Los Angeles Entertainment Overview with an Emphasis on Technology:
An industry scan prepared by the Los Angeles Community College District Center of Excellence. August 2005.

Making Digits Dance: Visual Effects and Animation Careers in the Entertainment Industry
EIDC & the PMR Group, Inc. March 1997.

Explores opportunities in animation and visual effects. Includes background on rapid technological change in this industry, an analysis of skills critical to workplace success, job titles and responsibilities, and a list of training/job preparation programs and curricula. Available for free download in Adobe Acrobat format.

Michigan's film tax incentive created more than 4,000 Michigan jobs for crew work, and another 4,000 jobs for Michigander actors and extras, according to the 2009 Michigan Film Office report made public today. The bulk of the crew jobs average $30 or more an hour.


Massachusetts Film and Production

This report describes the structure and recent growth of the film and television industry in Massachusetts.  Massachusetts is among the fastest growing locations for film and television production in the United States.  Employment in film and television production has increased in Massachusetts during a period when total state employment has been on the decline.  Local non‐fiction television and post‐production companies have experienced particularly dramatic growth in recent years and seem to be generating new career paths for local college graduates.  The growth in local film and television production has stimulated growth among a cluster of local film service companies that support these productions.

Film and Television Production in Massachusetts: Industry Overview and Analysis


Michigan Film Office

Michigan's film tax incentive created more than 8,000 Michigan jobs for crew work, actors and extras. The bulk of the crew jobs average $30 or more an hour.  


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Motion Picture Production in California
Martha Jones, Ph.D., California Research Bureau. March 2002. Requested by Assembly Member Dario Frommer, Chair of the Select Committee on the Future of California's Film Industry.

This report analyzes the economic impact of the motion picture industry on California, the difficulties one encounters when trying to collect and analyze statistical data regarding this industry, and the threat posed to the vitality of the CA economy in the form of runaway production.


Pennsylvania’s Motion Picture and TV Workforce Report

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board conducted a thorough analysis of Pennsylvania’s motion picture and television industry to identify key workforce development issues that are essential to the advancement of the industry and its workforce. This analysis includes industry and workforce trends, employment patterns, job growth, critical production skill sets, and educational and training programs.

[Pennsylvania's] Film Production Tax Credit, Pennsylvania's location diversity, proximity to New York, and the cost of production were cited by producers from out of state as competitive advantages in attracting film and television producers to the Commonwealth. Producers also praised Pennsylvania’s crews for their positive work ethic.

Reel Jobs: Production Careers in Entertainment
EIDC & The PMR Group, Inc. Spring 2001.

Explores opportunities "on set and behind the camera." Includes background on work on the set, descriptions of opportunities in production support services, skills that contribute to industry success, and a list of training/job preparation programs and curricula. Available for free download in Adobe Acrobat format.

The Changing Organization and Location of the Motion Picture Industry: Interregional Shifts in the United States
Storper and Christopherson. Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning. 1985.

Provides a seminal analysis of the structural transformation of the motion picture and television industry. It also addresses impact on the California industry from growth of location filming in other U.S. states. This publication is not available online.

The Economic Impact of Film and Video Productions in Washington State

ECONorthwest for the Washington State Film Office. 2003.

This report works to build a case for state tracking of the entertainment industry in Washington. Deals with issues that arise in defining the industry using Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes, and analyzes wages and economic effect of motion picture production on the state using an IMPLAN model.

The Economic Impact of U.S. Runaway Film and Television Production
The Monitor Company for SAG and DGA. Los Angeles, California. June 1999.

Commissioned by concerned entertainment unions, this report focuses on the impact of the "runaway production" phenomenon on labor and its correlating effect on the California and regional U.S. economies. It considers production trends and production location decision drivers, including exchange rate advantages, new infrastructure development, and foreign tax subsidies for filming.

The Entertainment Industry Cluster in the Southern California Region
Collaborative Economics for the California Economic Strategy Panel, Southern California Regional Forum. Palo Alto, California. 1994. This report is not available online.

The Impact of an Entertainment Industry Strike on the Los Angeles Economy
The Milken Institute. Santa Monica, California. April 2001.

Commissioned by former Mayor Richard Riordan for the City of Los Angeles, this report analyzes the likely economic effect of potential short, intermediate, and prolonged entertainment union strikes pending negotiation of SAG/AFTRA & WGA contracts. Includes detailed appendices with background on the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

The Impact of the Film Industry on Colorado
Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder for the Colorado Film Commission. June 2003. Detailed study includes sections on film industry's composition in Colorado and a review of the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system for film-related industries. Report also features employment & wage trend data, a listing of the largest film employers in CO, details on local film commissions, and catalog of filming-related training and educational opportunities in the state.

The Migration of U.S. Film and Television Production
U.S. Department of Commerce. Washington, D.C. January 2001.

This report examines the problem of so-called "runaway film production" and its impact on the U.S. economy. Considers the roles that changing technology, globalization, and foreign and domestic filming incentive programs have on how and where films are produced, and on the industry workforce.

Economic Impact of the American Motion Picture Industry  
Motion Picture Association 2009

Virginia's Film and Video Production-Distribution Industry:  An Economic Analysis
Virginia Film Office and Virginia Commonwealth University, December 2005.

Analyzes the total economic impact, state tax revenue received, total number of Virginia companies, numbers of workers and average salaries for Virginia's industry in 2004.   It also breaks down the data by regions and provides a return on investment calculation.  54 pages.

What is the Cost of Runaway Production?
Jobs, Wages, Economic Output and State Tax Revenue at Risk when Motion Picture Productions Leave California. Produced by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation for the California Film Commission. August 2005.