A very interesting and useful article from Dean Wright
Budget for Animated TV Series
Here I will give you additional insights of the market place.
Most of the numbers in the article are more towards bigger major companies. Though some of these numbers are high. Most of the money goes to voice talents. Example, when a series like Simpsons go to Korea, don’t expect they will pay them $90k per minute.
For indie companies, most cannot afford these kind of budget.
As the TV licensing fee is dropping like crazy, a producer cannot afford to make a 22 mins x 26 series at a cost of more than USD$3.9M these days. Which is about USD$150k per episode. Or about USD$6,818 per minute. Else it is hard to recoup.
Typical prices these days without pre production (service for hire)
Price for 22 mins per episode
(Varies from companies to companies)
Canada (After Tax credits) – around USD$133k
Korea and France – USD$70k (drop in Euro has made it hard for France to outsource their work now)
China and India – USD$55k (China is focusing more and more in IP creation and India more to VFX)
Thailand and Indonesia – USD$30k
(From my recent trip to Thailand, the better studios are looking at 55k to 85k. Some even close to 100k)
So you see, for servicing side, there is a huge price war. No one is going to win at the end as the numbers will only go lower and lower when lower cost countries like Vietnam and Myanmar are established. Hence IP creation is the eventual way to go. That is why China is really shifting its position.