Profiles of 400 leading firms in film, radio, TV, cable, multimedia, magazines, books, newspapers and on-line publishing.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jack W. Plunkett, Publisher/CEO of Plunkett Research, Ltd., is well known as an author, speaker and business consultant. His work has been acknowledged by his listing in dozens of biographies and reference works. He is a frequent contributor to major magazines, including the careers publications of The Wall Street Journal. In recent years, his work has been featured in stories in hundreds of major newspapers, radio programs and magazines, including Money magazine and USA Today.
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PLUNKETT'S ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA INDUSTRY ALMANAC 2000-2001 is the second edition of our guide to the Entertainment & Media field and is designed to be used as a general source for researchers of all types.
The data and areas of interest covered are intentionally broad, ranging from the various aspects of the American Entertainment & Media industry to occupations and careers, emerging technology to an in-depth look at the 400+ major for-profit firms within the many industries that make up the American Entertainment & Media industry.
In the past, thorough and objective reviews of industries and their corporations were written primarily by analysts writing only from an investor's point-of-view. These analysts' methods may pick out the best stock purchases, but they may not consider companies from a universal vantage point or in plain terms of greatest use to non-financial readers.
PLUNKETT'S ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA INDUSTRY ALMANAC 2000-2001 takes a more rounded approach for the general reader. This book presents a complete overview of the entire Entertainment & Media business (see "How To Use This Book"). For example, business growth trends are provided in exacting detail, along with easy-to-use tables on all facets of Entertainment & Media in general: from the number of personnel working in each type of occupation, to the average price of cable TV service, to the outlook for manufacturers of entertainment-related products.
THE ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA 400 is our unique grouping of the biggest, most successful corporations in all segments of the American Entertainment & Media industry. Tens of thousands of pieces of information, gathered from a wide variety of sources, have been researched and are presented in a unique form that can be easily understood. This section includes indexes to THE ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA 400, by geography, industry, brand names, subsidiary names and other topics.
Especially helpful is the way in which PLUNKETT'S ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA INDUSTRY ALMANAC 2000-2001 readily enables readers who have no business background to compare the financial records and growth plans of large Entertainment & Media companies and major industry groups. You will see the mid-term financial record of each firm, along with the impact of earnings, sales and strategic plans on each company's potential to fuel growth, create new technologies and provide investment and employment opportunities.
No other source provides this book's easy-to-understand comparisons of growth, expenditures, occupations, technologies, imports/exports, corporations, research and many other items of great importance to people of all types who may be studying Entertainment & Media, one of the most exciting industries in the world today.
By scanning the data groups and the unique indexes, you can find the best information to fit your personal research needs. The major growth companies in Entertainment & Media are ranked using different groups of specific criteria. Which companies have the highest revenues? Which are the biggest employers? Which companies earn the highest profits? All of these things and more are easy for the reader to find.
In addition to individual company profiles, an overview of Entertainment & Media trends is provided. This book's job is to help you sort through easy-to-understand summaries of today's Entertainment & Media products, services and trends in a quick and effective manner.
Whatever your purpose for researching the Entertainment & Media field, you will find this book to be a valuable guide. Nonetheless, as is true with all resources, this volume has limitations that the reader should be aware of:
- Financial data and other corporate information can change quickly. A book of this type can be no more current than the data that was available as of the time of editing. Consequently, the financial picture, management and ownership of the firm(s) you are studying may have changed since the date of this book. For example, this almanac includes the most up-to-date sales figures and profits available to the editors as of late 1999 and early 2000. That means that we have typically used financial data for December 31, 1999, or for a fiscal year that ended during 1999.
- Corporate mergers, acquisitions and downsizing are occurring at a very rapid rate. Such events may have created significant change, subsequent to the publishing of this book, within a company you are studying.
- Some of the companies profiled are so large in scope and in variety of business endeavors conducted within a parent organization that we have been unable to completely list all subsidiaries, affiliations, divisions and activities within a firm's corporate structure.
- This volume is intended to be a general guide. That means that researchers should look to this book for an overview, and, when conducting in-depth research, should contact the specific corporations or industry associations in question for the very latest changes and data. Where possible, we have listed contact names, toll-free telephone numbers, interactive news-fax numbers and World Wide Web site addresses for the companies, government agencies and industry associations involved so that the reader may get further details without unnecessary delay.
- We have used exhaustive efforts to locate and fairly present accurate and complete data. However, when using this book or any other source for business and industry information, the reader should use caution and due diligence by conducting further research where it seems appropriate. We wish you success in your endeavors, and we trust that your experience with this book will be both satisfactory and productive.
Table of ContentsGlossary: A Short List of Entertainment & Media Terms
How to use this book
Chapter 1: Major Trends Affecting the Entertainment & Media Industry
Chapter 2: An Overview of the Entertainment & Media Industry (Markets, Statistics and Trends)
Chapter 3: Important Entertainment & Media Industry Contacts A Selected List of Entertainment & Media Associations, Government Agencies, Resources and Sites on the World Wide Web
Chapter 4: New Technology/New Media
Chapter 5: Production Budgeting Examples
Chapter 6: Careers in Entertainment & Media
Chapter 7: The Entertainment & Media 400: Who they are and how they were chosen
Index of Rankings Within Industry Group (the Entertainment & Media 400, grouped by industry, and ranked for sales, profits and growth)
Index of Headquarters Location, by State
Index by Regions of the U.S. Where the Entertainment & Media 400 Have Locations
Index by Firms with International Locations
Individual profiles on each of the Entertainment & Media 400
Index of Firms Noted as "Hot Spots for Advancement for Women & Minorities"
Index by Subsidiaries, Brand Names and Selected Affiliations
LIST OF MAJOR TABLES & FIGURES
Radio and Television Broadcasting Services-Finances 1990 to 1997
Cable and Pay TV-Revenue and Expenses: 1990 to 1999
Public Broadcasting System-Income, by Source: 1980 to 1997
Public Television Programming: 1980 to 1996
Publishing Industry-Summary: 1987 to 1996
Recording Media-Manufacturers' Shipments and Value: 1982 to 1999
Magazine Advertising-Expenditures, by Product: 1980 to 1997
Total Employment and Job Openings, Entertainment & Media
Occupations: 2000 to 2008