Just ask Foxtel’s Head of Drama, Penny Win. This week at Series Mania she explained that her entire budget for Drama is dwarfed by a handful of episodes of Game of Thrones.
Updated: “I cry at work about Netflx’s budget of 16 billion dollars. I went to them and I said ‘That’s 16 thousand million dollars. I’m too embarrassed to even say what our budget is,’” she admitted.
“We all want to make more of that great Drama. I would love to self-fund a lot more than we do, so that I could make things that even I like, more than I do.”
Foxtel’s annual Drama budget has to cover a range of shows such as Wentworth, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Australia Day and Fighting Season.
“Out of my budget I could probably do 3 episodes of Game of Thrones, probably,” Win explained.
Updated: I misheard the figure quoted which was $16B not trillion. That was my error, so apologies (teach me to sit in the back row!).