Media and Entertainment Ad Spending 2022

Streaming Video Consumption Sets Divergent Courses for Ad Spend

Executive Summary

The media and entertainment industries are nearly done with the first phases of their direct-to-consumer (D2C) revolutions. But differences in distribution dynamics will temper ad spending growth for media more than for entertainment.


  1. How much will these two industries spend on advertising in 2022?
  2. Where will those budgets go?
  3. What’s driving each category’s approach to spending?

WHAT’S IN THIS REPORT? Our forecast for US digital ad spending by the media and entertainment industries, as well as projections around the key drivers of those investments.

KEY STAT: In 2022, US digital ad spending in entertainment will be more than double what it was in 2019.

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    Table of Contents

    1. Executive Summary
    2. Key Points
    3. Entertainment Aggressively Spends Ad Dollars as Media Continues Its Cautious Approach
    1. What’s Driving Each Industry’s Approach to Spending?
    2. What Does This Mean for Advertisers?
    3. Insider Intelligence Interviews
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    2. Sources
    3. Media Gallery

    Interviewed for This Report

    Paul Dergarabedian
    Comscore Inc.
    Senior Media Analyst
    Interviewed July 19, 2022
    Arvid Tchivzhel
    Mather Economics
    Managing Director, Digital Services
    Interviewed August 12, 2022

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