Screen Producers Australia want the government to force foreign streaming services, such as Netflix, to contribute more to domestic film and television production.
Calls for Netflix to contribute to Australian production have been on-going, while Free to Air broadcasters are required to meet minimum quotas.
“This contribution is important given their role in our community and access to public spectrum, audience and a continuing privileged competitive environment. Broadcasters are asked to pay their fair share. SVOD services, who are increasingly relying on other forms of public infrastructure such as the NBN, must contribute too,” CEO Matthew Deaner said.
His comments follow recent criticism by networks bosses that Netflix a co-production with ABC on Glitch enabled the global giant to be subsidised by public funds.
Last week, the Turnbull government partnered with Netflix to create a tool to allow for fast self-classification of its content.
“SVOD services don’t get to have their cake and eat it too. You can’t ask to be treated like a broadcaster in one area – content classification – but then turn a blind eye to the other elements of the regulatory environment, such as contributions to the production and distribution of Australian content,” he said.
Source: Australian Financial Review