TV Program Production & Distribution Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 9/16/2019
SIC Codes: 7812, 7822
NAICS Codes: 51211, 51212
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Companies in this industry primarily produce, or produce and distribute, television programs, television commercials, or videos. Major US-based companies include the television production and distribution operations of CBS, Disney, NBCUniversal (owned by Comcast), Sony Pictures, Time Warner (owned by AT&T), and Twenty-First Century Fox. Newer, but increasingly significant, entrants in the field include streaming services Netflix and Amazon. Leading companies based outside the US include Dutch firm Endemol Shine, as well as FremantleMedia (owned by German media conglomerate Bertelsmann) and ITV (both based in the UK).

TV viewership, measured by the average amount of TV watched per day, is highest in North America, followed by Europe and Asia, according to Eurodata. TV viewing continues to grow in South America. Global industry growth is being led by digital home video platforms, including over-the-top (OTT), streaming, and video on demand services.

The US TV program production and distribution industry is part of the motion picture production and distribution industry, which includes about 15,000 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $67 billion.

Broadcasting of TV programs is covered in the TV Broadcast & Cable Networks industry profile. Cable TV system operators are discussed in the Telecommunication Services industry profile.


Consumer viewing patterns and spending by advertisers drive demand. The profitability of individual companies depends on effective marketing. Large companies have advantages in financing, ...

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