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Film production is the process of creating a motion picture or film, from its initial conception to its final release. It involves a series of stages and activities that bring together various creative, technical, and logistical elements to produce a cinematic work of art or entertainment.


The purpose of our highly versatile and user-friendly Excel model is to prepare a of 10-year rolling 3 statement (Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash flow Statement) financial projection with a quarterly timeline for a startup or existing film production business (e.g. Film investor and/or film producer) generating film distribution and ancillary revenues.  

The financial model includes the possibility to model 5 film productions each at different stages of production (not started, pre-production, production, post-production and released) and with their own fee, distribution waterfall and production cost assumptions. The model also include ancillary revenue projection, indirect staff costs, other operating costs, fixed assets, equity and borrowings, sales tax impacts, corporate tax and dividend distributions.





The key outputs include:

  • Projected full financial statements (Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash flow Statement) presented on a quarterly basis across up to 10 years and summarised on an annual basis.
  • Dashboard with:
    • Summarised projected Income Statement and Balance Sheet;
    • Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) for each summarised income statement and balance sheet line item;
    • List of key ratios including average revenue growth, average profit margins, average return on assets and equity and average Debt to Equity ratio;
    • Bar charts summarising income statement and balance sheet projections;
    • Revenue fitness, exercise and service category and volume of services offered over time.
    • Revenue and gross profit by film and year presented in table and chart formats.
    • Charts and graphs showing: cash balance by quarter, free cash flow generation, cash flow statement breakdown, profit margins, income statement breakdown, net cash vs net income, working capital, valuation and capital structure.
  • Discounted cash flow valuation using the projected cash flow output.
  • Breakeven analysis





Setup Inputs:

  • Name of business;
  • Currency;
  • First projection year and quarter;
  • Naming for films, ancillary revenue categories, production cost categories, indirect staff categories, operating expense costs, fixed assets and borrowings;
  • Sales tax applicability for revenues, costs and fixed assets.


Actuals Inputs:

  • Opening balance sheet (for existing businesses);
  • Income Statement actuals (for trend analysis);


Projection Inputs:

  • Film production inputs for each of the 5 films including:
    • Production stage (not started, pre-production, production, post-production and released);
    • Stating quarter and remaining quarters for each stage;
    • Fees and expenses per distribution channel;
    • Gross revenue per distribution channel;
    • Useful life of film intangible assets;
    • Distribution waterfall including investor ROI, producers’ share, talents’ share and residual participants share.
  • Production cost inputs per film split into preproduction, production and post-production costs and depending on film production stage;
  • Ancillary revenue inputs including volume, revenue per unit and direct expense per unit;
  • Staff cost inputs including staff numbers, average salary per full time position, average employer’s social security percentage of salary, average annual bonus and bonus payment quarters.
  • Other operating costs inputs;
  • Sales and corporate tax inputs including rate and payment periods;
  • Dividend inputs including amount (percentage of retained earnings) and frequency;
  • Fixed assets including addition amounts and useful life;
  • Borrowings including addition amounts and interest rate;
  • Share capital additions;
  • Discount rate inputs (for valuation calculation).





The model comprises of 9 tabs split into input ('i_'), calculation ('c_'), output ('o_’) and system tabs. The tabs to be populated by the user are the input tabs ('i_Setup', ‘i_Actuals’ and 'i_Assumptions'). The calculation tab uses the user-defined inputs to calculate and produce the projection outputs which are presented in 'o_Fin Stats', ‘o_Dashboard’ and ‘o_DCF’.





Other key features of this model include the following:

  • The model contains a flexible timeline that allows for a mix of actual and forecast period across a 10-year period. This allows projections to be easily rolled forward as forecast periods become actual period;
  • Timeline is split on a quarterly basis and summarised on an annual basis;
  • The model allows to model up to 5 separate film productions each with their own unique production stage and timeline, production costs; fees per distribution channel, distribution waterfall and useful life for film intangible assets;
  • The model is not password protected and can be modified as required following download;
  • The model is reviewed using specialised model audit software to help reduce risk of formula inconsistencies;
  • The model allows for the following number of underlying categories for each line item (these can be easily expanded if required):
    • Film Productions – 5 separate productions;
    • Distribution Channels – 5 categories;
    • Ancillary Revenue – 5 categories;
    • Pre-production costs – 5 categories;
    • Production costs – 8 categories;
    • Post-production costs – 5 categories;
    • Staff costs – 5 categories;
    • Other expenses – 15 categories;
    • Fixed assets – 5 categories;
    • Borrowings – 3 facilities
  • Apart from projecting revenue and costs the model includes the possibility to model fixed assets, borrowings, dividends and corporate tax;
  • Business name, currency, starting projection period are fully customisable;
  • Revenue, cost and fixed asset descriptions are fully customisable;
  • The model included an integrated discounted cash flow valuation using the projected cash flow outputs;
  • The model includes instructions, line-item explanations, checks and input validations to help ensure input fields are populated accurately;
  • The model includes a checks dashboard which summarises all the checks included in the various tabs making it easier to identify any errors.





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Film Production 10-Year Financial Projection - Excel Models

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