The European Audiovisual Observatory, a branch of the Council of Europe that operates as information network for European audiovisual industries, provides a wide range of resources covering 40 countries on pan-European matters. It recently published a report on average TV fiction production in the EU. The study was conducted in July 2017 and includes scripted TV movies and series omitting animated content.
5 noteworthy takeaways from the Observatory’s study:
- Key figures stating the average production volume of TV fiction films and series in the EU (2015, 2016): Approx. 900 fictional titles; 11.000 plus hours; About half of annually produced series are new projects;
- The majority of produced titles are short formats (1 or 2 episodes);
- Germany leads as content creator by far (2156 produced hours), followed by Spain, Portugal, UK and France;
- Public broadcasters are highly involved in productions (73% of TV fiction titles);
- SVOD services contribute only a fraction to the total amount of productions with regards to fiction titles and hours respectively;