The Economic Value of the Screen Sector in Scotland in 2021

2021’s economic impact study on the value of the Scottish screen sector and its sub-sectors and activities, plus impact on wider economic activity across Scotland.

Screen Scotland commissioned international consultancy Saffery Champness LLP and Nordicity  to prepare a full-scale economic impact study to assess the value of the Scottish screen sector, its sub-sectors and activities, and linkages to and influences on wider economic activity across Scotland.

The work was undertaken with the support of industry partners including the BFI, ONS, Ofcom, public service broadcasters (PSBs) and VisitScotland.

The purpose of the study was determine the full impact of the Scottish Government’s investment in the screen sector, against the consistent method of data collection established in the initial 2019 study, highlighting the sector’s development and progress against targets, tracking back to a clear baseline.

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 audio-visual 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.

The study draws upon a variety of different sources – the Annual Business Survey (ABS), other data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), BFI, Ofcom, Companies House filings and D&B Hoovers, industry surveys and interviews – to provide a comprehensive estimate of the contribution that the entire screen sector value chain and its spillover impacts – particularly screen tourism and screen education and skills development – make to Scotland’s economy.


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