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Spending and targets

2021 to 2022

The subscription TV industry spent $18.72 million on Australian drama programs in the 2021 to 2022 financial year.

Spending on eligible shows included:

  • Dramas – The Twelve and Fires.
  • Feature films – Moon Rock for Monday and Penguin Bloom.
  • Children’s drama – Bluey (series 3) and Rock Island Mysteries (series 1).

 

These tables provide total industry results aggregated across licensees, channel providers and pass-through providers.

Table 1: Compliance snapshot

Compliance snapshot 

2017–18
($ m)

2018–19
($ m)

2019–20
($ m)

2020–21
($ m)

2021–22
($ m)

Total spending on new Australian drama in financial year

$56.72

$24.67

$13.74

$8.75

$18.72

Were all minimum spending requirements met?

Yes

Yes

Yes 

No

Yes

Table 2: Compliance analysis

Compliance analysis 

2017–18
($ m)

2018–19
($ m)

2019–20*
($ m)

2020–21*
($ m)

2021–22
($ m)

Total new drama spending target

$31.71

$26.36

$13.56

$11.65

$29.08

Total amount of current year spending on new Australian drama plus total previous year carry-forward (as nominated toward target)

$30.22

$26.29

$13.54

$11.63

$20.48

Total shortfall to be made up next financial year

$1.49

$0.07

$0.04

$0.03

$8.6

* Results reflect the ACMA’s temporary relief due to COVID-19 impacts on content productions and supply chains.

 

All licensees met their minimum spending requirements in 2021–22. A total of $38,160 in spending shortfall from 2019-20, which was not made up in 2020–21, has been acquitted.

There was an extra expenditure shortfall of $8.6 million from 2021–22. This needs to be made up across the industry in 2022-23 to stay within minimum spending rules.

 

Drama channels and providers: July 2021 to June 2022

Drama channels:  BBC First, BBC UKTV, Boomerang, Box Sets, Cartoon Network, CBeebies, Comedy Central, Fox Classics, Fox Comedy, Fox Crime, Fox Funny, Fox One, Fox SciFi, Fox Showcase, Fox Sleuth, Fox 8, Nickelodeon, Universal TV, Dreamworks, PBS Kids and the Foxtel Movies service (comprising the channels Premiere, Hits, Family, Kids, Action, Comedy, Thriller, Romance, Drama, Greats, Lifetime Movie Network).

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

Channel providers: BBC Studios Australia, Foxtel Management, NBC Universal International Networks Australia, and VIMN Australia.

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