Global Economy
November 25, 2015

Stuff Yourself with Turkey Before Heading Out to The Hunger Games

By Andrea Durkin

Movie

Box Office Results for the U.S. Economy

The motion picture industry is a “core” copyright industry — an industry whose primary purpose is to create, produce, distribute or exhibit copyright materials.  The core copyright industries together contribute well over one trillion dollars each year to the U.S. economy.[i] The American firm and television industry alone contribute more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy, supporting nearly 2 million American jobs.[ii]

The Cast and Crew

American movies and shows are shot all over the United States.  Louisiana and Georgia now top the list of movie locations. Behind the scenes, myriad contributors make the magic happen.  Screenwriters work up dialogue; set designers conceive the settings brought to life by tradesmen; animators sketch and storyboard; cameramen and cinematographers frame the actors and shoot the action.  Everywhere the industry sets up, communities benefit by providing supplies, accommodations, and services.  After production, more jobs are supported as films and shows are distributed and viewed in theaters, on DVD, or on personal tablets.

Closing Credits

The American movie industry is unsurpassed in its creativity, technological innovation and worldwide appeal, generating $15.8 billion in 2013 in global exports. Trade agreements like the Transpacific Partnership preserve the industry’s global position by protecting and enforcing the rights of the creators behind the films we enjoy. According to the Motion Picture Association of America, 72% of theatrical revenues are generated overseas and those revenues come back to support the livelihoods of the long list of people in the closing credits along with the person who took your ticket at the door or the service providing the movies you rent at home.

Now Showing:  American Icons Joplin, Jobs, and Charlie Brown

This Thanksgiving, the movie industry celebrates artists in three other core copyright industries: Janice Joplin in the music recording industry, Steve Jobs representing the software industry, and cartoonist Charles Shultz whose works are published in all manner of print media and whose beloved characters are back on the big screen.

So grab a bucket of popcorn and support the creators whose works feed both the American imagination and the American economy.