Croner Technical Operations and Production Services Survey - The Croner Company

The Croner Technical Operations and Production Services Survey is an industry-specific Survey conducted annually to provide television, film, production and post-production companies with up-to-date market compensation data for positions in technical and broadcast operations, media services, production, post production, and digital content / packaged media production and distribution, across the entertainment industry.

In 2012, 16 entertainment companies — both large and small — participated in the Croner Survey and are now using the data to understand current compensation trends; to establish rational market compensation levels in their organizations; and to make compensation-related decisions for new hires and promotions and bonuses.

Participant Companies

2012 Participants:
AMC Networks Inc.
CBS Corporation
Deluxe Digital Studios, Inc.
Discovery Communications, Inc.
Disney ABC Television Group
ESPN, Inc.
Home Box Office, Inc.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Lionsgate Entertainment
NBCUniversal Media, LLC
Scripps Networks Interactive Inc.
Sony Pictures Entertainment
The Walt Disney Studios
The Weather Channel Companies
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Added for 2013 Participation:
Starz Entertainment, LLC


Position Grids & Job Families Reported

To view a pdf of the complete list of positions by family and by level, please click here: View Position Grids

Job Families:
Advanced Technology
Advanced Technology Project Management
Digital Media Delivery
Software Engineering
Digital Mastering / Encoding Services
Broadcast Engineering
Broadcast Operations
Transport Encoding Services
Master Control
Advertising Traffic
Affiliate Authorization and Reporting
Remote Operations
Remote Operations Planning
Remote Operations Crewing
Quality Control
Media Operations (Tape Operations)
Closed Captioning
Digital Media Assets
Digital Vault
Metadata Analysis
Library Restoration
Repurposing Editorial
Shipping Production and Development
Business Affairs
Music Rights and Clearances
Contracts Administration
Production Finance
Production Accounting
Participation and Residuals
Physical Production
Post Production Operations
Studio Business Administration
Client Relations
Production Scheduling
Production Project Engineering
Production Engineering
Video Editing
Sound Editing
Translation and Localization
Localization Project Management
Creative / Technical Asset Administration
Category Management
Digital Content / Packaged Media Production
Digital Content / Packaged Media Production Management
Digital Content / Packaged Media Production Scheduling
Digital Content / Packaged Media Scheduling
Packaged Media Authoring
Packaged Media Compression
Digital Content / Packaged Media Supply Chain
Distribution Sales
Digital Marketing

Position Data Reported

To view sample position data, please click here: Sample Position Data

Position Data Reported for Every Position:

  • Number of Incumbents Reported
  • Number of Companies with Match
  • Industry Classification
  • Geographic Composition
  • FLSA Status
  • 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
  • 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:

Metro Area
Cable Programmer
National Broadcast Network
Production / Post-Production Services

Custom Cut of Data

  • Custom Report of Position Data for selected group of companies
  • Minimim selection of five companies required


Policy Data Reported

  • Participant Profile

Survey Schedule

Survey Planning Meeting: April 25, 2013 at Disney ABC TV in Burbank, CA
Questionnaire Distribution: July 2013
Instructional Webinar: July 2013
Completion Deadline: August 2013
Data Effective Date: July 1, 2013
Report Published: December 2013

Participation Fees

The 2013 Participation Fee is $5,000.

To purchase the 2012 Report By signing a Participation Agreement for the 2013 Survey, a company also may purchase 2012 Survey data.

Purchase Option #1
The full 2012 Report is $11,000, plus a non-refundable 50% deposit of $2,500 towards the 2013 participation fee. Total amount due to receive the 2012 Report is $13,500. In order to receive the 2013 Report, your company's survey submission would be due in August 2013, along with the second half participation fee payment of $2,500 due in November 2013.

Purchase Option #2
Compensation data on up to 5 positions is $2,500 plus a non-refundable 50% deposit of $2,500 towards the 2013 participation fee. Total amount due to receive the data is $5,000. In order to receive the full 2013 Report, your company's survey submission would be due in August 2013, along with the second half participation fee payment of $2,500 due in November 2013.

Additional Custom Cuts of Data may be purchased by a participant company at a cost of $600 each.


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.