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.