Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) is the winner in media because it has no print products, a simple distribution network through its streaming apps and website and little in-house production to do. The company boasts revenue per employee of about $1.47 million annually as a result.
If you don’t like small-caps, however, S&P 500 component Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) is worth a mention, too, boasting an impressive $1.27 million in annual revenue per employee. This is thanks to a reasonably small outfit — only 11,500 employees or so — and some of the biggest brands in entertainment, including MTV, Nickelodeon and Paramount Studios. It makes the blockbuster entertainment products, then lets the TV stations and movie theaters figure out the messy and labor-intensive logistics.