2010 Drama Report
2009 - 10 was a good year for Aussie adult drama, but the number of children's productions were down.
Government funding body Screen Australia has issued its Drama Report (previously known as the Production Report) for the year 2009 – 10.
Here are the results in the Television sector (scripted Drama / Comedy):
There were 36 titles spending $286 million, down from was $308 million the previous year. Expenditure for Australian TV drama for adults increased but children’s programs fell after two strong years. As a result, overall expenditure fell.
The total hours of produced television was 564 hours of TV, down from 646 hrs in 08/09.
The Australian children’s drama slate fell this year, to 116 hours with total budgets of $76 million and total spend of $53 million.
In financing, industry provided 76% of finance for this year’s TV drama slate (76 per cent), contributing $234 million. This was up on the previous year: 71% / $231m. Direct government sources contributed $28 million to 21 programs, accounting for 9% of total finance. This was down on last year: $43m to 25 titles, accounting for 13% finance.
Screen Australia provided $14 million to 9 titles.
SERIES AND SERIALS FOR ADULTS (includes sketch comedy):
Production of series/serials dropped again this year, in hours, total budgets and expenditure
in Australia, while cost per hour increased further, consistent with the trend towards higher production values.
I Rock, Angry Boys, Lowdown, City Homicide, Home and Away, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better, The Jesters, The Librarians, Neighbours, Packed to the Rafters, Rescue Special Ops, Review With Myles Barlow, Rush.
MINI SERIES FOR ADULTS:
Production of mini-series rose again this year, with 10 titles, 105 hours and total budgets of $106 million, all above the three-year averages.
Cloudstreet, Spirited, Killing Time, Tangle, Bed of Roses, COPS: L.A.C., Killing Time, Offspring, Rake, Sea Patrol, Underbelly: The Golden Mile.
After dropping last year, telemovie production increased again in 2009/10 to similar levels as 2007/08, with four titles spending $11 million.
Hawke, Offspring, Sisters of War, Wicked Love.
CHILDREN’S (incl animation):
Dance Academy, Guess How Much I Love You, Bananas in Pyjamas, Davincibles, Castaway, The Elephant Princess, Flea Bitten, Penelope K By the Way.
Co-Productions: Dead Gorgeous, Me and My Monsters.
Two foreign TV dramas started shooting in Australia in 2009/10: Foudre series 3 (France), Paradise Ranch (Korea).
Victoria accounted for 37 per cent of expenditure by this year’s slate, Queensland for 31 per cent and NSW for 26 per cent -however this includes Film and Post Production.
To compare with last year’s Production Report go here.