Seven has moved quickly to yank Kid’s content off 7TWO after the government advised there would be no quota content for Drama, Children’s or Documentary for the rest of 2020.
Early morning titles Get Clever, ZooMoo Lost and Toybox have been replaced by reruns of Auction Squad and Harry’s Practice from Monday April 27.
Get Clever Auction Squad
Toybox Harry’s Practice
Science show Get Clever is a first-run title, produced in-house by Seven, while the others were repeats.
Last week the government suspended quotas for the remainder of 2020 as part of a package to offer networks relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But it has attracted criticism from the independent sector and performers, who have already lost work.
Screen Producers Australia CEO Matthew Deaner said, “We understand better than most that there will be disruptions to the supply of Australian content, particularly drama, documentary and children’s content. Our members are standing down production teams, cast and crew and halting production activity on over 100 productions, with devastating economic and employment impacts. However, rather than a hard suspension of quotas, we suggested temporary averaging flexibility, to allow broadcasters relief in the coming year, contingent on the overall obligations being acquitted across the coming years when production activity can return. This would ensure demand returns to the system at levels sufficient to get the sector back on its feet and able to pump out productions and employ large numbers of people.
“It would also recognise that there is a significant amount of quota content already completed and sitting with the broadcasters (or soon to be delivered). We have surveyed our members and determined that there is a substantial amount of content ready to go on free-to-air television this year. A complete suspension of the quotas in 2020 is disproportionate to the actual level of disruption to the supply pipeline.
“Furthermore, with no incentive for the broadcasters to release hundreds of hours of already delivered but not yet broadcast children’s, drama and documentary content, it harms the Australian public’s ability to access the content which is sitting gathering dust on shelves.
“A complete suspension is also a very blunt tool when it is considered that some sub-types of production are still able to be commissioned, including animation and documentary. Suspension of commissioning activity essentially knocks out demand for these productions, which would have been crucial in keeping people in jobs in the industry during the wider shut down.”
Seven recently threatened to stop commissioning Kid’s titles if the government did not drop quota obligations
9GO! and 10 Peach are yet to follow suit.