The Croner Entertainment Survey, launched in 2013, is conducted annually for companies in theatrical and television production. The Survey invites participation from large film studios, smaller film studios and companies that produce entertainment content distributed in theaters or across television and digital networks.

The Survey is a benchmark compensation resource for studio production and distribution positions in the U.S. film and television entertainment industries.  It includes positions at all organizational levels – separated by theatrical versus television – in functions such as production, post production, marketing, distribution, home entertainment, product licensing, legal & business affairs, facilities/real estate and G&A.

2017 Croner Entertainment Survey Position Grid

Sample Position Information ENT – Exec, IC

Participant Companies
 

2017 Participant Companies
A+E Networks, LLC
Amazon.com, Inc.
Amblin Partners
AMC Networks Inc.
Apple, Inc.
AT&T
AwesomenessTV, Inc.
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
BMG
Crown Media United States, LLC
Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media
Entertainment One Ltd.
Google Inc.
Hasbro, Inc.
Independent Television Service, Inc.
Legendary Entertainment
Lions Gate Entertainment
NBCUniversal Media, LLC
Pandora Media, Inc.
Paramount Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
POPSUGAR Inc.
Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment
The Walt Disney Studios
Twentieth Century Fox Film
Universal Music Group, Inc.
Univision Communications Inc.
Vulcan Inc.
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Warner Music Group

Position Grids & Job Families Reported
 

To view a pdf of the complete list of jobs by family and by level, please click here:

2017 Croner Entertainment Survey Position Grid

Major job functions, by organization unit:

Theatrical:  Production, Post Production, Marketing, Distribution, Legal & Business Affairs

Television:  Production, Development & Programming, Post Production, Marketing, Distribution, Legal & Business Affairs

Digital Video:  Production, Post Production

Home Entertainment: Production, Marketing, Distribution, Legal & Business Affairs

Consumer Products / Licensing

Technology / IT

Multiple Units:  Studio Operations & Services, Post Production, Library & Assets, Facilities/Real Estate, G&A

Complete list of job families:

Theatrical / Production

  • Creative Development
  • Content Acquisition
  • Physical Production
  • Story
  • Casting
  • Music
  • Production Finance / Estimating
  • Production Accounting
  • Wardrobe

Theatrical / Post Production

  • Post Production Management
  • Visual Effects

Theatrical / Marketing

  • Marketing
  • International Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Franchise Marketing
  • Market Research
  • Media Planning / Buying
  • Promotions
  • Creative Advertising
  • Print Advertising
  • Creative Services
  • Creative Design
  • Talent Relations
  • Publicity
  • International Publicity
  • Events Marketing
  • Communications
  • Product Placement

Theatrical / Distribution

  • Sales / Distribution
  • International Sales / Distribution
  • Exhibitor Relations
  • In Theater Relations / Marketing Services
  • Non-Theatrical Sales
  • Sales Operations

Theatrical / Legal and Business Affairs

  • Legal
  • Business Affairs
  • Rights and Clearances
  • Music Licensing
  • Contracts Administration
  • Business Development

TV Production / Production, Development & Programming

  • Creative Development
  • Content Acquisition
  • Current Programming
  • Physical Production
  • Casting
  • Music
  • Production Finance / Estimating
  • Production Accounting
  • TV Production / Post Production
  • Post Production Management

TV Production / Marketing

  • Marketing
  • International Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Market Research
  • On-Air Promotions
  • Creative Advertising
  • Print Advertising
  • Creative Services
  • Creative Design
  • Talent Relations
  • Publicity
  • Communications
  • Product Placement

TV Production / Distribution

  • Sales / Distribution
  • International Sales / Distribution
  • Advertiser / Barter Sales
  • Sales Planning
  • Sales Operations

TV Production / Legal & Business Affairs

  • Legal
  • Business Affairs
  • Rights and Clearances
  • Contracts Administration
  • Business Development

Digital Video / Production

  • Creative Development
  • Content Acquisition
  • Physical Production
  • Story

Digital Video / Post Production

  • Post Production Management
  • Quality Assurance

Home Entertainment / Production

  • Content Acquisition

Home Entertainment / Marketing

  • Marketing
  • International Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Franchise Marketing
  • Direct to Consumer Marketing
  • Retail Marketing
  • Market Research
  • Promotions
  • Creative Advertising
  • Print Advertising
  • Creative Services
  • Creative Design
  • Publicity

Home Entertainment / Distribution

  • Sales / Distribution
  • International Sales / Distribution
  • Digital Sales / Distribution
  • Physical Distribution
  • Category Management
  • Account Planning
  • Home Entertainment Operations
  • Content Enhancement
  • Legal Services
  • Business Affairs

Consumer Products / Licensing

  • Franchise Licensing
  • Licensing
  • Retail Merchandising
  • Quality Control
  • Product Development
  • Merchandise Creative Design
  • Branded Location Based Entertainment

Technology / IT

  • Technical Operations / Services
  • Digital Operations (Distribution)
  • Digital Mastering and Encoding
  • Technical Anti-Piracy
  • Advanced Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Software Architecture
  • Business Systems Analysis
  • Applications Development
  • Database Administration
  • Information Technology Support
  • Technical Project Management

Multiple Units / Studio Operations & Services

  • Studio Operations
  • Post Production Operations
  • Production Scheduling
  • Production Services
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Security
  • Fire
  • Sustainability
  • Business Continuity / Crisis Management
  • Risk Management
  • Food Services
  • Culinary Management
  • Transportation / Fleet Services
  • Guest Relations / Tours Management
  • Special Events
  • Retail Store
  • Print Shop

Multiple Units / Post Production

  • Video Editing
  • Audio
  • Sound Editing
  • Color
  • Telecine
  • Translation and Localization
  • Customer Service / Fulfillment

Multiple Units / Library & Assets

  • Archives
  • Library
  • Digital Media Assets
  • Digital Asset Strategy
  • Digital Vault
  • Metadata Analysis
  • Library Restoration

Multiple Units / Facilities / Real Estate

  • Facilities Management
  • Facilities Construction
  • Capital Project Management
  • Grounds
  • Real Estate

Multiple Units / General & Administrative

  • Strategic Planning
  • Legal (Corporate)
  • Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor Relations
  • Corporate Development
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Treasury
  • Payroll
  • Tax and Compliance
  • Audit
  • Credit and Collections
  • Participation and Residuals
  • Sourcing / Procurement
  • Human Resources (Generalist)
  • Compensation
  • Benefits
  • Human Resources Information Systems
  • Recruiting
  • Diversity
  • Organizational Development
  • Employee Relations
  • Human Resources Administration / Operations
  • Employment Contract Management
  • Travel
  • Workers Compensation
  • Community Relations
  • Corporate Communications
  • Administrative Assistant

Position Data Reported
 

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

For Every 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 % of Base Salary
  • Annualized NPV of LTI Awards
  • Total Direct Compensation
  • Paired Comparison Postion 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
  • Specialty / Scope for selected positions
  • Tenure - Eligible for a Full Year of Awards
  • Union Status
  • Industry Segment
    Film Studio
    Television
    Other Entertainment

 

Policy Data Reported
 

Each year the Survey will report on the following policies and practices subjects:

  • 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 rotation."  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

 

Participation Fees
 

The 2018 Participation Fee is $8,700. The fee includes the 2018 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 $450. A custom rerun of the data set including all data cuts is $875.

Purchase of the Current Published Report As a Non-participant
By signing a Participation Agreement for the 2018 Survey and paying a 50% non-refundable deposit toward the 2018 participation fee, a company may purchase the current published Survey data without having participated.  There are two purchase options:

Purchase Option #1: 2017 Full Report of Results $16,400

  • The 2017 Full Report of Results is available for purchase is $16,400 plus a non-refundable 50% deposit of $4,350 towards the 2018 participation fee.
  • Total payment required to receive the 2017 Full Report of Results is $20,750. ($16,400 purchase price plus $4,350 deposit towards 2018 participation.)
  • In order to receive the 2018 Full Report of Results,  your company's survey submission would be due in July 2018 along with the second half participation fee payment of $4,350 due in August 2018.

Purchase Option #2:  2017 Compensation Data for 10 Positions $4,350

  • Compensation data only, for up to 10 positions, from the 2017 Full Report is $4,350, plus a non-refundable deposit of 50% towards the 2018 participation fee.
  • Total payment required is $8,700. ($4,100 purchase plus $4,350 deposit towards 2018 participation.)
  • As a committed and signed Participant for 2018, your company's survey submission would be due in July 2018 along with the second half participation fee payment of $4,350 due in August 2018.  This will entitle your organization to receive the 2018 Full Report of Results.

 

 

 

 

 

Survey Schedule
 

2018 Survey Planning Meeting: Thursday, April 26, 2018 Burbank, CA
2018 Survey Questionnaire Distribution:  June 
2018 Data Effective Date:  June 1
2018 Completion Deadline:  July 15
2018 Full Report of Results Publish Date: October 
2018 Review of Results Webinar: November 
2018 Salary Budgets Survey Supplement:  August 

 

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.

Register to Participate
 

To register your company for participation in this Survey or to ask questions about participation, please contact Susan Cronk at (415) 485-5512 or email us at info@croner.biz.