Entertainment, Factual Drive U.K. Exports


Entertainment, factual and kids led U.K. exports in 2016/17, according to Pact, with total revenues from U.K. content sales reaching £902 million.

Entertainment revenues were £44 million, followed closely behind by factual with £43 million and kids at £38 million, with drama bringing in £16 million. Top sellers by title include Planet Earth II, SherlockMidsomer Murders, Victoria and The Crown.

The U.S. remains the biggest market for U.K. content exports, bringing in revenues of £335 million, followed by Australia (£73 million) and France (£60 million).

Digital services accounted for £225 million in content export revenues, with £404 million for television, £31 million in co-pros, £37 million for formats and £133 million in new commissions.

“Looking to the future, indies are conident that their revenues will grow and there is a particular focus on increasing sales to China,” the report notes. “Uncertainty in the European market, driven by Brexit, as well as the growth and dominance of streaming players are the talking points of the industry.”