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Entertainment Industry Survey

The Croner Entertainment Survey, launched in 2013, is conducted annually for companies that produce theatrical and television content. The Survey invites participation from large film studios, smaller film studios, companies that produce entertainment content distributed in theaters, theme parks, and across television and digital networks. The survey also serves the music industry.  

Television Production Salary

The Survey is a benchmark compensation resource for studio production and distribution positions in the U.S. film, television and streaming entertainment industries. It includes positions at all organizational levels and reported by entertainment platform, in functions such as development, production, content producing / curation, post-production, marketing, advertising and promotions, sales and distribution, technical operations, music development and production, consumer products licensing, legal & business affairs, facilities/real estate and G&A. Media organizations use the survey results to understand salary differentials to benchmark compensation, to establish job architecture, rational pay levels and pay structures, and to make informed decisions about bonus plans and equity plans. The 2020 Survey Results include compensation data from approximately 26,000 employees in 34 companies.

Download the Survey Position Grids here:
2021 Croner ENT Position Grids
Sample Position Information ENT – Executive, Individual Contributor

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Participant Companies
 

2020 Participant Companies:

A+E Networks
Amazon.com, Inc.
AMC Networks Inc.
Apple Inc.
Beachbody, LLC
Boat Rocker Media
Crown Media Holdings, Inc.
Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International
Fremantle North America, Inc.
Group Nine Media
Hasbro, Inc.
Illumination
Independent Television Service, Inc.
INSP, LLC
Kobalt Music Group
Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation
Madison Square Garden Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
NBCUniversal Media, LLC
Netflix, Inc.
Paramount Pictures
Riot Games, Inc.
Skydance Media
Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
Spotify USA Inc.
The Walt Disney Studios
Universal Music Group, Inc.
ViacomCBS
Vice Media LLC
Walt Disney Television
Warner Music Group
WarnerMedia, LLC

Position Grids & Job Families Reported
 

Click here to view a PDF of the full list of positions surveyed, by job family and by level:
2021 Croner ENT Position Grids

List of Job Families:

DEVELOPMENT
Creative Development
Content Acquisition
Current Programming
Library Intellectual Property / Library Affairs
Story
Casting
Music

PRODUCTION
Physical Production
Production Assets and Archive
Wardrobe
Talent Relations

PRODUCTION FINANCE AND ANALYSIS
Deal Analysis
Production Finance / Estimating
Production Accounting

CONTENT PRODUCING / CURATION
Content Curation
Podcast Producing
Video Producing

POST PRODUCTION
Post Production Management
Visual Effects
Video Editing
Audio / Sound Editing
Color
Telecine
Translation and Localization

FRANCHISE / CONTENT MANAGEMENT
Franchise / Content Management

BRAND AND FRANCHISE MARKETING
Marketing
International Marketing
Franchise Marketing
Digital Marketing

CHANNEL MARKETING
Exhibitor / In Theater Relations and Marketing Services
Direct to Consumer Marketing
Retail Marketing

EVENTS AND TOUR MARKETING
Experiential / Events Marketing
Tour Marketing
Events Marketing (Production Lot)

MARKETING CREATIVE SERVICES
Creative Design
Creative Services
Marketing Editorial

MARKET RESEARCH
Consumer Insights / Analytics
Market Research

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND DATA ANALYTICS
Business Intelligence Engineering
Digital Analytics
Data Science

ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONS
Media Planning / Buying
Creative Advertising
Trailer Producing
Trailer Editing
Print Advertising
Promotions
Radio Promotions

PUBLICITY
Publicity
International Publicity

COMMUNICATIONS
Communications
Community Relations
Public Affairs

PRODUCT PLACEMENT
Product Placement

SALES AND DISTRIBUTION
Sales / Distribution
International Sales / Distribution

CHANNEL SALES
Integrated Sales and Marketing
Digital Sales / Distribution
Non-Theatrical Sales
Advertiser / Barter Sales

SALES PLANNING AND OPERATIONS
Sales Planning
Revenue Planning and Analytics
Sales Operations

HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Home Entertainment Category Management
Home Entertainment Account Planning
Home Entertainment Operations

SERVICE AND FULFILLMENT
Customer Services / Fulfillment
Physical Distribution

TECHNICAL OPERATIONS
Media Quality Assurance
Technical Operations / Services
Digital Operations (Distribution)
Digital Mastering and Encoding

CONTENT ENHANCEMENT
Digital Content Enhancement

LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Legal
Business Affairs
Legal / Business Affairs Administration
Rights and Clearances
Script Clearance
Music Licensing
Contracts Administration
Title and Credit Administration
Content Protection

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Business Development

MUSIC DEVELOPMENT
Publishing Artists and Repertoire (A&R)
Label Artists and Repertoire (A&R)
Artists and Repertoire (A&R) Administration / Operations
Artist Management / Artist Relations

MUSIC PRODUCTION
Music Production

MUSIC ANALYSIS AND CURATION
Music Analysis

MUSIC SALES AND DISTRIBUTION
Artist Relations (Distribution)
Album / Catalogue Development
Soundtracks

MUSIC LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Copyright
Synchronization

MUSIC OPERATIONS
Music Supply Chain / Product Release Management
Release Operations / Planning

CONSUMER PRODUCTS DEVELOPMENT
Product Development
Merchandise Creative Design

CONSUMER PRODUCTS MERCHANDISING AND LICENSING
Licensing
Retail Merchandising

CONSUMER PRODUCTS SALES
Retail Development / Sales

CONSUMER PRODUCTS OPERATIONS
Consumer Products Operations
Quality Control
Consumer Products Project Management

BRANDED LOCATION-BASED ENTERTAINMENT
Branded Location-Based Entertainment
Stage Productions

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY
Advanced Technology
Technical Anti-Piracy

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Information Technology
Information Technology Security
Systems Development
Database Administration
Software Architecture
Business Systems Analysis
Applications Development
Technical Project Management
Information Technology Support
Production Set Technology

STUDIO AND PRODUCTION OPERATIONS
Studio Operations
Post Production Operations
Production Scheduling

PRODUCTION SERVICES
Production Services

MEDIA SERVICES
Media Services

PRINT SHOP
Print Shop

SAFETY AND RISK MANAGEMENT
Environmental Health and Safety
Security
Fire
Sustainability
Business Continuity / Crisis Management
Risk Management

HOSPITALITY
Food Services
Culinary Management
Guest Relations / Tours Management
Special Events
Retail Store

FLEET
Transportation / Fleet Services

LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES
Archives
Library
Digital Media Assets
Digital Asset Strategy
Digital Vault
Metadata Analysis
Library Restoration

FACILITIES AND REAL ESTATE
Facilities Management
Facilities Construction
Capital Project Management
Grounds
Real Estate

STRATEGIC PLANNING AND CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT
Strategic Planning
Corporate Development
Business Transformation

CORPORATE LEGAL
Legal (Corporate)
Litigation
Intellectual Property
Labor Relations
Privacy

FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING
Finance
Accounting
Revenue Accounting
Treasury
Accounts Payable
Accounts Receivable
Tax and Compliance
Payroll
Audit
Credit and Collections
Participation and Residuals

SOURCING AND PROCUREMENT
Sourcing and Procurement

HUMAN RESOURCES
Human Resources
Compensation
Benefits
Total Rewards
Human Resources Information Systems
Recruitment
Recruitment Sourcing
University Relations
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Workforce Analytics
Talent Development / Management
Organizational Development
Employee Relations
Human Resources Administration / Operations
Employee Engagement
Employment Contract Management
Global Mobility

TRAVEL
Travel

WORKERS COMPENSATION
Workers Compensation

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANCE
Administrative Assistant

INTERNATIONAL
Content - International
Production / Production Management - International
Marketing - International
Sales / Distribution - International
Licensing - International

Position Data Collected and Reported
 

See compensation data elements reported for each position by viewing samples here:
Sample Position Information ENT - Exec, IC

The Compensation Data Report covers the following compensation elements for each position:

  • Number of Incumbents Reported
  • Number of Companies with Match
  • Geographic Composition
  • FLSA Status
  • Total Average Supervised
  • STI Eligibility
  • STI Awards Received
  • STI Targets
  • LTI Eligiblity
  • LTI Awards Received
  • Base Salary
  • Target Total Cash Compensation
  • Actual Total Cash Compensation
  • Actual Cash Awards as Percentage of Base Salary
  • Annualized NPV of LTI Awards
  • Total Direct Compensation
  • Paired Comparison Position Match Analysis for Base Salary, Actual Total Cash Compensation and Total Direct Compensation
  • Differentials (of average pay between organization levels by job family category)

Data Cuts Reported Where Relevant:

Geographic Area
Metropolitan Area
U.S. Region

Company Revenues

Organizational Unit
Theatrical
Television
Digital Entertainment
Home Entertainment
Music
Studio Operations and Services
Library and Archives
Facilities and Real Estate
Consumer Products and Licensing
Technology / IT
General and Administrative

Specialty / Scope for selected positions, including:
Head of Function
Senior Level
Benchmark Level
Non-scripted
Episodic
Feature Films
Entire Show
Social Media
Manages Staff
Individual Contributor

Tenure - Eligible for a full year of awards

Union Status

Policy Data Collected and Reported
 

The Full Report of Results covers Policies and Practices, including the following sections:

  • Short Term Incentive plan prevalence, recent changes and eligibility
  • Merit Budgets are surveyed in interim survey format in August
  • Bonus Planning will be surveyed in interim survey format in January

Each year, participants select additional policies and practices of interest that year. These subjects are not covered every year but instead are covered on a rotating basis. Rotational items include:

  •  Long Term Incentive plan design and grant practices
  • Auto Allowance benefits
  • Spot Incentives and awards
  • Performance management including prevalence of performance ratings and the use of performance ratings to determine merit increases

Survey Schedule
 

Survey Planning Meeting:
April 7, 2022

Survey Questionnaire Distribution:
Early June

Data Effective Date:
June 1

Completion Deadline:
July 15

Full Report of Results Publish Date:
Late October or Early November

Review of Results Webinar:
November

Salary Budgets Survey Supplement:
August

Participation Fees
 

The 2022 Participation Fee is $10,700.
The fee includes the 2022 Full Report along with the Interim Salary Budget Supplement.

Custom Cut of Data for Participants
For an additional fee, a participant company may select a subset of companies from the participant list for a custom cut of the data set. A minimum selection of ten companies is required. A custom cut of the data set for "All Incumbents" is $750. A custom rerun of the data set including all data cuts is $1,500.

Purchase by a Non-participant of the Current Published Report
By signing a Participation Agreement for the 2022 Survey and paying a 50% non-refundable deposit toward the 2022 participation fee, a company may purchase the current published Survey data without having participated. There are two purchase options:

Purchase Option #1:
The 2021 Full Report of Results for $19,400

  • The 2021 Full Report of Results is available for purchase is $19,400 plus a non-refundable 50% deposit of $5,350 towards the 2022 participation fee.
  • Total payment required to receive the 2021 Full Report of Results is $24,750. ($19,400 purchase price plus $5,350 deposit towards 2022 participation.)
  • In order to receive the 2022 Full Report of Results, your company's survey submission would be due in July 2022 along with the second half participation fee payment of $5,350 due in August 2022.

Purchase Option #2:
Ten Positions selected from the 2021 Compensation Data Report for $4,850

  • Compensation data only, for up to 10 positions, from the 2021 Full Report is $4,850, plus a non-refundable deposit of 50% towards the 2022 participation fee.
  • Total payment required is $10,200. ($4,850 purchase plus $5,350 deposit towards 2022 participation.)
  • As a committed and signed Participant for 2022, your company's survey submission would be due in July 2022 along with the second half participation fee payment of $5,350 due in August 2022. This will entitle your organization to receive the 2022 Full Report of Results.

Register to Participate
 

To register your company for participation in this Survey or to ask questions about participation, please email us at info@croner.com.

Confidentiality
 

The Croner Company conducts this Survey as an independent third party to ensure the confidentiality and consistency of the data provided. All data are held in strict confidence and are reported only in summary form. No attribution is made to any specific data from any participating companies. The Croner Company aggregates data using DOJ "Safe Harbor Guidelines" to ensure full regulatory compliance of the Survey report.

Survey reports are distributed only to participants and all participants are required to sign an agreement that confirms they will abide by our confidentiality standards.