Pay TV spends up on local drama

The Australian Communications and Media Authority yesterday released figures that showed the Pay TV industry increased its spend on local drama productions for the 2009-10 financial year.

Spending was $35.28 million on Australian and New Zealand drama programs, up from $28.47m the preceding year. It was $20.06m in 2007-8.

Under the Broadcasting Services Act, “Drama channels” are required to spend 10% of their budget on new Australian drama.

The monies were invested in a range of feature films and TV productions (including FTA) for titles such as Arctic Blast, Cloudstreet, 30 Seconds, As the Bell Rings, The Jesters, Offspring, Packed to the Rafters, Penelope K by the Way, Rake, Satisfaction, Sea Patrol, Slide, Small Time Gangsters, Spirited and Tangle.

In addition, eight projects were reported receiving script development investment plus competitions such as Tropfest, Flickerfest, Short ‘n Sweet, Webfest, Optus one80 project competition, and Nick Shorts.

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