The Economics of Sesame Street

January 4, 2012 in Daily Bulletin

Slate recently took a look at the financials of Sesame Street. Some of the interesting findings in the article include:

  • Each Sesame Street episode costs about $630,000 to make
  • Sesame Workshop, the creators of Sesame Street, declared revenues of $136.366 million, and expenses of $136.496 million in 2010. This means that Elmo and friends suffered a net loss of around $130,000
  • The company also paid $7 million for what it terms “Muppet Acquisition”

To find out what proportion of Sesame Street’s revenue comes from licensing, what one Presidential contender has to say about the show and other fun facts about the beloved children’s TV series, click here.

Source: Slate