Chart: Prices paid by foreign terrestrial stations for U.S. shows


Prices paid by foreign broadcasters for American TV shows are still at historic peak levels for top-tier product. But as the economy wobbles and broadcasters face waning ad sales, second-tier shows are running into trouble and are being replaced by homegrown programming. Moreover, this go-round there are fewer new shows on offer from the top U.S. studios because of the monkey wrench thrown by the writers strike last winter, which may mean a lower overall haul for the American majors.

On the theatrical movie front, prices in some territories are nowadays being based on the boxoffice gross in the relevant territory rather than the traditional calculation based on U.S. domestic boxoffice. That percentage could be as high as 25% of the local gross, at least for the big hits.

As a broad guideline, The Hollywood Reporter offers a rundown of average estimated license fees per episode paid by terrestrial stations in key territories across the globe.

Drama prices are by the hour; sitcoms and docs/kids/arts by the half-hour. While the average per episode for a finished reality show is suggested, prices for the genre fluctuate depending on whether the purchase is of a format or a finished show.