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There's no business like show business
Like no business I know
Everything about it is appealing
Everything that traffic will allow

--"There's No Business Like Show Business"

This page Show business is part of the bread and circuses series. Illustration: Pollice Verso (1872) by Jean-Léon Gérôme
This page Show business is part of the bread and circuses series.
Illustration: Pollice Verso (1872) by Jean-Léon Gérôme

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Show business, sometimes shortened to show biz or showbiz (since c. 1945), is a vernacular term for all aspects of the entertainment industry. From the business side (including managers, agents, producers, and distributors), the term applies to the creative element (including artists, performers, writers, musicians, and technicians) and was in common usage throughout the 20th century, though the first known use in print dates from 1850. By the latter part of the century, it had acquired a slightly arcane quality associated with the era of variety, but the term is still in active use. In modern entertainment industry, it is also associated with the fashion industry (creating trend and fashion) and acquiring intellectual property rights from the invested research in the entertainment business.



The global media and entertainment (M&E) market, including film, television shows and advertising, streaming media, music, broadcasting, radio, book publishing, video games, and ancillary services and products was worth US$1.72 trillion in 2015, $1.9 trillion in 2016, and estimated at $2.14 trillion by 2020. About one third of the total ($735 billion in 2017) is made up by the U.S. entertainment industry, the largest M&E market in the world.

Sectors and companies

The entertainment sector can be split up into the following subsectors:Template:Citation needed


The industry segment is covered by class "R" of the International Standard Industrial Classification: "Arts, entertainment and recreation".

See also

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