Said most are small businesses paying higher-than-average wages

The TV and film industries support 2.6 million jobs, pay $177 billion in wages and far beyond the Left and Right Coasts, said the Motion Picture Association of America in new economic figures released Monday (March 18).

Jobs directly related to the production and distribution of TV and films were 927,000 (340,000 production, 587,000 distribution). Those direct jobs are paid at 47% more than the national average ($55,390), with production-related jobs averaging $91,580 and distribution $75,560.

“The impact of the U.S. film and television industry reaches far beyond well-known creative hubs, such as Los Angeles, New York City and Atlanta,” said MPAA chair Charles Rivkin. “This industry supports jobs and businesses in all 50 states and is also

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