Screen Producers Australia wants the government to introduce local content quota obligations on streaming services.
“These are big, disruptive, successful businesses that have had time to expand in this market without making any significant investment in local production,” SPA chief executive Matthew Deaner told Fairfax Media. “It’s time they step up to the plate and contribute to new Australian film and television production.
“The participation of local commercial and public broadcasters to local production remains critical but now is the time to create a level regulatory playing field that ensures responsible and fair engagement from both local and international businesses with our sector and Australian audiences.”
Stan has produced Wolf Creek and No Activity, and recently announced a Screen Queensland-funded feature, while Presto has Home & Away: An Eye for an Eye with more on the way.
Netflix is yet to fund any original Australian productions, despite having the lion’s share of subscribers.
But the government, which did not increase local content for Free to Air networks when it decreased licence fees in the last budget, has rejected the idea.
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said: “The Turnbull government has no plans to expand existing content regulations.”