The objective of the study was to quantify the contribution that the screen sector makes to Scotland’s economy – where the screen sector has been defined as inclusive of film and TV development and production; animation, VFX and post-production; film and TV distribution; TV broadcast; film exhibition; film and TV skills and education; and film and TV production facilities.
The study covers film, TV and other audiovisual content; it does not cover the video games sector, nor does it include all of the commercials/corporate sector or online video production. In that regard, the report focuses on film and TV that is intended for initial release in cinemas, on broadcast or multichannel TV or related catch-up services, or subscription video on demand (SVOD) services. Video content made primarily for video sharing platforms (e.g. YouTube or TikTok) may not be captured. It also looks only at calendar year 2019, the year before the onset of the global pandemic.
A follow up study of 2021, the year in which the current boom in Scotland-based production started in earnest, is in progress and will be published in early 2023. Once this second survey is complete, a picture will be provided of the economic value of “screen” to Scotland immediately prior to the pandemic and as we emerged from Covid-19 restrictions across 2021.
Header image: Screen Scotland Executive Director Isabel Davis_Culture Secretary Angus Robertson, BE United CEO Emma Picken. Credit: Neil Hanna