There are 15* recent Screen Australian-funded TV titles that have grossed more than $1m in sales.
Airing across the last 4 years, they were produced by companies such as Matchbox Pictures, Essential Media, Playmaker and FremantleMedia.
International appeal is the key to their success:
Cleverman, Goalpost Pictures Australia, Pukeko Pictures (NZ)
The Code, Playmaker Media
Deadline Gallipoli, Matchbox Pictures,
Devil’s Playground, Matchbox Pictures
The Doctor Blake Mysteries, December Media
INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, Shine Australia
Jack Irish series Essential Media and Entertainment
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, series one / series two, Every Cloud Productions
Rake, Essential Media and Entertainment
The Principal, Essential Media and Entertainment
The Slap, Matchbox Pictures
Secrets and Lies, Hoodlum
Top of the Lake, See-Saw Films, Escapade Pictures (NZ)
Underground: The Julian Assange Story, Matchbox Pictures
Wentworth, FremantleMedia Australia,
In an explanatory article on TV drama, Screen Australia notes adult television drama production asan extraordinarily high-risk game because the global market is intensely competitive. Drama is particularly challenging to finance, difficult to make well and very expensive – $1.4 million per hour is the average cost, and $1.1 million is the median cost.
* 16 including x 2 seasons of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.
You can read more on TV Drama profits at Screen Australia.
NB: Seven network titles which do not have Screen Australia funding will be absent from the list.