Europe produces around 55 animation films and 830 hours of animation TV content each year, with France and the United Kingdom dominating the European animation scene, according to the brand new report “Animation films and TV series in Europe – Key figures,” published by the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
The Observatory estimates the annual volume of the production of TV animation in Europe to be around 220 titles (TV movies or TV series seasons) and 5.200 episodes. European TV animation coproductions account for 36% of all TV animation hours produced, a much higher share than for live TV fiction.
The weight of animation is significantly high for TV content on subscription video-on-demand services (22% of titles, where one title = one film or one TV series season). The United States (by far) and Japan are the leading providers of animation films and TV series.
Meanwhile, the share of European works is significantly lower for animation (21%) than for all categories of works (33%). The gap concerns both SVOD and TVOD, and is particularly noticeable for animation films.