Overviews and Analysis

Plunkett's Entertainment & Media Industry Almanac

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Annual publication with analysis of trends affecting film and video, radio and television, cable and satellite, magazine and books, and online publishing. Provides industry contacts, Web sites, and career information. Available in print and online.

Select “Entertainment & Media” for an industry description, market trends, statistics and market analytics.

S&P Global Market Intelligence

News, data, transactions, filings and analysis covering financial, real estate, insurance, energy, media, consumer and industrial industries. Individual account required. Formerly known as SNL Interactive. 

Find data and analysis on the following sectors: Multichannel, TV Networks, Broadcast, Internet & OTT, and Film & TV Programming. 

Technavio

Reports on a variety of global industries including technology, healthcare, retail, energy, aerospace, and automotive. 

Technavio's global reports covering the Entertainment & Media sector include a wide range of markets: video games, music production, TV & radio subscriptions, online movies, sports tourism, etc. 

EMIS (Emerging Markets Information System)

Country and company information on Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Look for market research reports in Marketline, Mordor Intelligence and Allied Market Research. 

Thomson ONE

Thomson ONE features market quotes, earnings estimates, financial fundamentals, press releases, transaction data, corporate filings, ownership profiles and research from Thomson Financial.

Search for analyst reports on Entertainment and Media industry. See our Fast Answer on Equity Analyst reports for help. 

Companies

Capital IQ

Data on public and private companies, investment firms, capital transactions, and people. 

FactSet

Platform used to analyze financial data from global equity and fixed income markets. Individual account required. 

Thomson ONE

Thomson ONE features market quotes, earnings estimates, financial fundamentals, press releases, transaction data, corporate filings, ownership profiles and research from Thomson Financial.

See also:

Company databases: Which to choose?

How can I create a list of companies by industry, location, and/or size? 

Where can I get lists of fast growing companies?

Statistics

eMarketer

Market data, statistics, and analysis on the Internet, e-business, online marketing, media, and emerging technologies.

Includes international market information for media usage, music, television and publishing. 

Media specific content covers TV Networks, Broadcasting (radio & TV) and Film and TV Programming.

Statista

Statista is a searchable database of statistics, studies, dossiers, infographics and more. HBS alumni version available via eBaker. 

Statista covers a wide range of entertainment/media sectors including Books & Publishing; Music; Radio, TV & Film; and Sports. 

See also:

Where can I find data on the music/recording industry? 

News and Journals

American Film Institute (AFI) Catalog

Covers the history of American cinema from 1893 to 1975, with full or short records for films from 1976 to present.

Billboard

Keeps music and video retailers, radio programmers, and music fans up to date on what the public is buying.

Broadcasting & Cable

Weekly magazine for the broadcast and cable television, radio, satellite, and interactive multimedia industries.

Business Insider Intelligence

Research reports and forecasts focused on digital
transformation

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

An archival research resource containing the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to the 21st century. 

Hollywood Reporter

Includes film, television, cable, music, interactive media, and home video. Delivers breaking news and solid in-depth stories plus box office grosses, TV ratings, video and music charts, and film and TV production charts.

Performing Arts Periodicals Database

Covers film, TV, theater and dance. 

Variety

Covers film, television and cable, home video, music, new media, theater, and finance. Includes Nielsen's television ratings every Tuesday.

Industry & Trade Associations

Careers

MBA Career & Professional Development (CPD)

Career resources for HBS MBA students.

Alumni Career & Professional Development (CPD)

Career resources for HBS Alumni.

Vault Online Career Library

In-depth industry guides including internship information, career advice and user-generated content on companies and career issues. HBS alumni version available via eBaker. 

Select "Guides" tab at the top of the Vault launch page. Select "Media and Entertainment" on the left column to browse a wide range of entertainment sector guides including film, music, publishing and television.

Associations

Motion Picture Association of America

The MPAA represents producers and distributors of motion pictures. Includes a chronology of recent legislation affecting the motion picture industry, and summary statistics on movie viewing.

National Association of Broadcasters

Features sections on legal and regulatory affairs, science and technology, market information such as a 10-year history of Nielsen and Arbitron diary response rates, and current industry news. Members include representatives of radio and television stations and networks; associate members include producers of equipment and programs.

National Cable & Telecommunications Association

Provides historical background describing the cable television industry and links to cable programmers, associations, and trade magazine sites. Members include franchised cable operators, programmers, and cable networks.

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

Aims to protect intellectual property rights and the First Amendment rights of artists. Includes information on technology, legislation, censorship, piracy, Web licensing, and international trade. The Research and Data section contains market data available in pdf format including "Annual Manufactures' Unit Shipments," "Cost of a CD," (CD production), as well "Annual Consumer Purchasing Trends."

Events

American Film Market & Conferences

Industry leaders come from over 70 countries and include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, festival directors, financiers, film commissioners, producers, writers, and the press.

Film Finance Forum

Created by Winston Baker, the forums are designed to educate equity and debt financiers on the latest trends and strategies for film investing while mitigating risks, provide producers with effective approaches to fundraising, and offer both audiences ways to create great content and generate revenue through various distribution platforms.