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Expenditure on Australian television drama increased by 27 per cent in the past year to its highest level on record.
The Screen Australia Annual Drama Report also revealed that overall drama expenditure increased by 9 per cent in 2012-13.
Chief Executive of Screen Australia, Ruth Harley said that television broadcasters had raised their stakes, with all broadcasters increasing their investment in Australian drama.
“In particular, it’s been an outstanding couple of years for the ABC, which financed 30 titles in 2012-13, providing the largest contribution of investment of any single broadcaster,” Dr Harley said.
“The ABC’s recent triennial funding boost has enabled it to commission significant levels of high-quality, original drama. This has produced great results for the industry and audiences with titles such as Serangoon Road, The Gods of Wheat Street and returning seasons of Redfern Now and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.”
She said adult television drama was going from strength to strength, with the continuing trend in high-production value mini-series. Overall hours increased by 7 per cent and budgets and spend by 11 per cent and 16 per cent respectively.
“There is renewed activity in children’s television drama, which increased significantly across all indicators following a contraction over the previous three years. Total expenditure more than doubled, hours increased by 95 per cent and total budgets by 74 per cent,” Dr Harley said.
“There is clearly a growing demand from local audiences for Australian stories, across multiple platforms and new channels.”
The annual report recorded a drop in Australian feature film activity which Dr Harley said reflected the cyclical nature of feature film production. Even so, compelling Australian stories including The Rover and Tracks, were still produced.
The report can be downloaded from this PS News link.
Edition 385, 29 October 2013