UK Entertainment & Media Outlook 2022-2026

Trusting the digital path ahead

Entertainment and media companies must continue to hold their nerve and trust in their digital investment strategy. While a worsening global economy might force some to question their plans, creating stronger, more relevant connections with consumers, through the smarter use of technology will be crucial to growth and long term success.

For while there is short-term uncertainty in the market, there is greater confidence - and growth to be found - in the long-term direction of the UK E&M industry. Many habits consumers adopted during the pandemic have stuck - and so the content, and the advertising money, is following this trend. What we're seeing is an industry that's more digital, more mobile, and more dependent on advertising in all its forms. 

This shift in consumer behaviour helped secure staggering year-on-year growth of 41% for UK internet advertising revenue - reaching £23bn in 2021, and growing a further 12% to 2022. Over the next four years (2022-26), we expect internet advertising revenue to expand at an impressive 6% CAGR, reaching £33bn in 2026. Most of that revenue will come from mobile advertising, with video advertising alone set to reach almost £9bn in 2026.


For those lacking a clear digital path ahead of them, the outlook remains extremely challenging. But most will be looking to accelerate a human-led, tech-powered approach - pushing forward with plans for new digital revenue streams, collaborations or acquisitions to fuel growth. These companies should trust their digital path ahead - the smartest play in the current market is to continue to invest.

“The question of how soaring inflation will knock through to E&M is prompting the industry to rethink and reset its expectations. But companies aren't taking cover - and they're right to trust their judgement, and push ahead with their digital strategies.”

Dan Bunyan Partner, Strategy&

To find out more about how soaring inflation and other stand out challenges may impact the industry, and what can be done to secure growth for the future, download the full UK Entertainment & Media Outlook, here.

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Daniel Bunyan

Daniel Bunyan

Partner, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7734 958765

Sam Tomlinson

Sam Tomlinson

UK Media and Entertainment Leader, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7811 453111

Mary Shelton Rose

Mary Shelton Rose

Leader of Industry for Technology, Media and Telecommunications, PwC United Kingdom

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