Motion Picture Distribution in the UK Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

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Film and movie distribution revenue is largely driven by DVD and Blu-ray releases, TV releases and cinema releases. Changes in the amount distributed are influenced by the number of films released during a year, the popularity of these films in cinemas and the desire of consumers to own these films on DVD or Blu-ray. A large proportion of major films released each year are sequels to other popular films and film franchises, such as the Harry Potter and James Bond movies. These films are more likely to be blockbuster films and therefore benefit from greater advertising and marketing for their theatrical release than some other films. Over the past five years, industry revenue has fluctuated significantly due to large variations in film numbers, film popularity, DVD and Blu-ray sales and prices, and TV licensing numbers. During this period, industry revenue in estimated to increase by an annualised 4.4% to £2.98 billion in 2012-13. For the five years through 2017-18 industry revenue is expected to increase marginally. Growth is expected to be steady as increased demand for cinematic releases and higher prices to view 3-D films offset weaker DVD demand and prices. TV demand is expected to remain high, which will benefit film distributors. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Motion Picture Distribution industry.

IBISWorld Market Research

IBISWorld Market Research

Blockbuster film releases are supporting industry revenue growth

Motion Picture Distribution revenue is largely driven by DVD and Blu-ray releases, TV releases and cinema releases. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Alen Allday, “changes in the amount distributed are influenced by the number of films released during a year, the popularity of these films in cinemas and the desire of consumers to own these films on DVD or Blu-ray”. A large proportion of major films released each year are sequels to other popular films and film franchises, such as the Harry Potter and James Bond movies. These films are more likely to be blockbuster films and therefore benefit from greater advertising and marketing for their theatrical release than some other films.
Over the past five years, industry revenue has fluctuated significantly due to large variations in film numbers, film popularity, DVD and Blu-ray sales and prices, and TV licensing numbers. During this period, industry revenue in estimated to increase by an annualised 4.4% to £2.98 billion in 2012-13. For the five years through 2017-18 industry revenue is expected to increase marginally. Allday adds, “growth is expected to be steady as increased demand for cinematic releases and higher prices to view 3-D films offset weaker DVD demand and prices”. TV demand is expected to remain high, which will benefit film distributors.
Market share concentration within the Motion Picture Distribution industry is moderate due to several large US-based film production and distribution companies operating within the industry. The four largest companies operating within the industry are estimated to account for a joint market share of 38.4% in 2012-13. Major companies include The Walt Disney Company, Time Warner, NBC Universal, News Corporation and Bertelsmann.
For more information on the Motion Picture Distribution industry, including latest industry trends, statistics, analysis and market share information, purchase the full report from IBISWorld, the nation’s largest publisher of industry research.

IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Companies in this industry distribute films and movies to cinemas, motion picture theatres, TV networks, TV stations and film exhibitors. The industry also includes companies that acquire film distribution rights and those that distribute DVDs and Blu-rays to retailers and wholesalers.
Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
Globalisation & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

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Recognised as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on many UK industries. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in London, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.co.uk or call (020) 3008 6568.

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