Economic Impact of Movies/Shows

There are certain people in this country who like to belittle “Hollywood” as the social elite.  I was thinking about that as the garbage tweets started rolling out in regards to the Oscar mishap at the end of the show.  I wondered what the economic impact of a movie or show filming in an area looked like.  When people have nothing but horrible things to say about “entitled actors” and “Hollywood liberals,” do they not realize the amount of money that can stream into a community as a result of their endeavors? 

I came across the website for the Georgia Department of Economy, who noted this in July 2015: “ATLANTA, July 9, 2015—Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia-lensed feature film and television productions generated an economic impact of more than $6 billion during fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015). The 248 film and television productions shot in Georgia represent $1.7 billion in spending in the state.” Six BILLION generated.  The whole article can be read: here.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) released an economic impact statement regarding their 2013 figures and noted: “There were over 302,000 jobs in the core business of producing, marketing, manufacturing and distributing motion pictures and television shows.”  302,000 jobs in 2013 are directly associated with filming movies and TV shows.  Wow.  The article goes on to note that there were an additional 358,000 jobs in businesses related to distribution.  In directly, there are jobs numbers that are boosted because of the increased activity to an area (ie hotels, restaurants, tourism and small businesses supplying needs to those involved.)  So, almost three-quarters of a million people (once you factor in the indirect increases) in 2013 can thank the Hollywood elite for employment.  The whole statement can be found: here. Another highlight to that statement is that $16.1 billion in public revenues were generated through taxes on goods, income tax, Medicare, Social Security, etc.  Not to mention $15.8 billion in trade exports…

There are tons of articles and studies posted over the years.  $4.6 million in goods and services purchased – noted for South Carolina (7 films) 2006-2007 (the number I noted does not take wages into account).  For New York, the direct and indirect economic impact reached the billions in 2013-2014.  There are more articles out there, just do a Google search.  University economics classes love to promote theses on the subject.

So yes, they have opinions (as you do, as I do).  Yes, they have a platform that allows them access to your living room to share their causes via the TV.  They also are able to give voice to issues that otherwise the “everyday Joe” would not be able to shout loud enough for people to hear.  HOWEVER, to just dismiss the film industry as nothing more than mouthpieces to the liberal left is selling short the number of people who depend on them for a livelihood or the impact on economics in states that are fortunate enough to encourage filming within their borders. Quit knocking an employer of hundreds of thousands of individuals who are being paid above a living wage.  People need to think about the whole picture, not just their narrow view from within their bubble.

 

 

1dcc1b325c859b9c1351cbc530e027e4

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow Thoughts and Ponderances on WordPress.com

Archives

Blogs I Follow

Chelle’s Twitter

Franklenstein

Frank book reviews

The Wild Ramp

Local Foods, Local Values

The Elliptical Saloon

Weblog for WhiteHouseMuseum.org

Stories by Jake Fuentes on Medium

The Adventures Of Chelle

Stories by Yonatan Zunger on Medium

The Adventures Of Chelle

Books – Nerdist

The Adventures Of Chelle

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

We are photographers living with or affected by mental illness; supporting each other one photograph at a time. Join our community, submit today!

Appalachian Magazine

The Adventures Of Chelle

Beyond the Edge

National Geographic Adventure Blog

The Plate

| Serving Daily Discussions on Food | National Geographic

Phenomena

A science salon

A Change of Tune

The Adventures Of Chelle

Barnes & Noble Reads

The Adventures Of Chelle

Omnivoracious

The Adventures Of Chelle

A Little Blog of Books

Book reviews and other literary-related musings

Books blog | The Guardian

The Adventures Of Chelle

Love and Lemons

The Adventures Of Chelle

Outdoor Photographer

The Adventures Of Chelle

Eureka! Tent Blog

The Adventures Of Chelle

Beyond the Campsite

Clean Camp; New Journeys

Run, Selfie, Repeat

The Adventures Of Chelle

Lazy Girl Running

The Adventures Of Chelle

THAT BACKPACKER

The Adventures Of Chelle

Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

The Adventures Of Chelle

The Sidewalk

•A Sustainable Paper•

cractpot.wordpress.com/

We're all a little mad here

The Insatiable Traveler

Live Your Life. Embrace Adventure. World Travel | Award-winning Photography| Inspiration | Tips

Nerdy Book Club

A community of readers

TED Blog

The TED Blog shares interesting news about TED, TED Talks video, the TED Prize and more.

Lens Cap

Casual glimpes into mundane suburbia

%d bloggers like this: