Endemol Shine Australia chief executives Mark and Carl Fennessy have weighed into the campaign to lower or abolish licence fees.
Managing one of the largest production companies, the brothers say Australia’s high licence fees is impacting directly on employment and commissions.
“We’re talking about camera operators, television technicians, sound recordists, writers, art directors, set designers, editors, audio engineers,” they told The Australian.
“We need to create an ecosystem that can invite in young, talented people to tell Australian stories to audiences. Australian storytelling is about reflecting the national identity and telling local stories, which is essential to who we are. It’s both an economic and social issue.”
Commissions in drama, light entertainment and comedy are diminishing, particularly in later timeslots.
“One message we’re getting from all the broadcasters is that they’re finding post 9pm more difficult to invest in because there can be a switch off to streaming services,” he said. “It’s coming at a higher price point.”
ESA is also one of the most prolific companies in producing reality shows for networks, with Married at First Sight, MasterChef Australia, The Biggest Loser: Transformed and Shark Tank amongst its output.