The 2020 federal budget allocates an additional A$53 million towards screen funding, but there are strings attached.
While the government is showing support and generosity to foreign filmmakers and commercial television interests, it seems less inclined to demonstrate similar largesse to its own creators.
Australian drama, documentary and children’s programs deserve better support – removing content quotas may be the way forward.
The federal government’s decision to water down commercial TV networks’s content quotas until the end of the year is another body-blow to the arts.
Netflix may be inching closer to becoming a “local” media company, with an increased presence in our small but profitable national market. Will this lead to more locally-made content?
Amid endless reviews into the future of local screen content, uncertainty reigns on issues such as the impact of Netflix, the fate of local content quotas and funding for original children’s TV.
As streaming services become increasingly dominant, the relevance of the existing local content quota system is declining.
New ABS figures on film, TV and digital gaming show that subscription broadcasters and online content creators are booming. Yet local content quotas only apply to free-to-air broadcasters.
Many broadcasters around the world enforce local content quotas to ensure their television industries’ survival. But the success of these measures varies widely.