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Spending and targets

Spending and targets: 2017 to 2018

The subscription TV industry spent $56.72 million on Australian and New Zealand dramas in the 2017 to 2018 financial year.

This met the minimum spending requirements under the new eligible drama expenditure scheme.

It was also a record high in spending—the previous high was $51.95 million in 2016 to 2017.

There was a shortfall of $1.49 million that industry must make up in 2018 to 2019 to stay within minimum spending rules.

Spending on eligible shows included:

  • Dramas—A Place To Call Home (series 5 and 6), Lambs Of God, Picnic At Hanging Rock, Wentworth (s6 and 7), Secret City (s2), Top Of The Lake (s2), Wanted (s3) and Mr Inbetween.
  • Feature films—Hacksaw Ridge, Lion, Jasper Jones, Killing Ground and Dance Academy.
  • Children’s drama—Space Chickens In Space, Grace Beside Me and Chico & Shiba.



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Spending on new drama






Did spending make up previous year shortfall? 






New drama spending target




$34.61 $31.71

Money towards current year's 10% target






Carry over amount to be made up next financial year $18.06 $15.44 $2.44 $1.48 $1.49


Drama channels and providers: 2017 to 2018

Drama channels: 111 Funny, 13 Street, BBC First, Binge, Boomerang, Box Sets, Cartoon Network, CBeebies, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Fox 8, Fox Classics, Foxtel Movies, FX, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, SyFy, Showcase, Turner Classic Movies, TV Hits, UKTV and Universal.

Subscription TV licensees: Foxtel, Optus, Selectra (Austar), Telstra and Fetch TV.

Channel providers: BBC Worldwide Australia, Fox Networks Group Australia, Foxtel Management, NBC Universal International Networks Australia, Nickelodeon Australia, The Walt Disney Company Australia and VIMN Australia.

Pass-through providers: NBC Universal Global Networks Australia and Turner Broadcasting Systems.

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