What is the Entertainment Industry?

The entertainment industry provides content that educates, stimulates, informs and entertains the public. Entertainment comes in a diverse range of formats, including:

• Feature films (narrative and doc, live-action, animation and combos); shorts
• Television – MOW (movie of the week), episodic, mini-series, pilots, reality
• Commercial Production – varying in length, commercials appear on television, before feature films, prior to or during web content, as infomercials and in print
• Industrials
• Music Videos

Interactive Games:
• Web-based games
• Console-based games
• Mobile Apps
• Educational
• Active – individual or group participation
• Entertainment
• Part of a feature film or TV series’ ancillary content

New Media:
Interactive, web-based content, including video sharing sites like YouTube, social media sites and Apps. New technologies, such as VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality), holograms, and many others, fall within “New Media.”

Live Events
Live events feature staged productions performed in real time, including concerts, sporting events, etc.

There are now ‘entertainment offices’– which include film, television, new media, gaming, music and theatre. Since we are an organization for film commissioners, we will not go in depth on these topics in this course. It is, however, important to be familiar with the resources in your community. With the increase of independent, low-budget films, documentaries, indigenous productions and multi-media projects you may receive inquiries for local audio studios, resources or musicians.