Drama Report 2022 / 2023

Drama Report 2022 / 2023

Serials like Home & Away and Neighbours continued to provide the bulk of series / serials hours across Free to Air in 2022 / 2023 according to Screen Australia’s annual Drama Report.

Spending on all 74 TV titles across Free to Air and Subscription was $680 million, up by 2% compared to 2021 – 2022.

Subscription TV spent $398 million, down by 11% but still ahead of Free to Air’s $227 million which was up by 26%.

Children’s TV, predominantly commissioned by ABC, was $81m up by 22%.

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NB: Drama includes Feature films.

Expenditure: (previous year totals in brackets)

$2.34 billion -up on  2021 – 2022 ($2.28b) includes Foreign productions.

$1.13 billion spend on Australian titles (including Film) down 26% on last year ($1.51b).

$680 million from 74 Australian general TV and VOD drama titles up by 2% ($655m):

$277 million from 29 Australian general FTA TV and BVOD drama titles (24) up 26% ($208m).

21 Australian general subscription TV and SVOD drama titles (29) — $398 million spend  down 11% ($445m).

12 Children’s titles (11) across television, SVOD and online at $81m up by 22% ($67m).

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ABC, Seven, Nine, 10, SBS, NITV and their BVOD platforms:

$680 million from 74 Australian general TV and VOD drama titles up by 2% ($655m)

Expenditure on Australian general FTA TV and BVOD drama was up 26% on 2021–22, underpinned by strong growth in titles (21%) and hours (16%). The average cost-per-hour increased slightly, by 9%.

The strong growth in spend, titles and hours was driven by series/serials, while there were declines in most key metrics for mini-series.

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16 series / serials entered production in 2022–23, up from nine in 2021–22. Hours were up by 28%, and spend more than doubled. The average cost-per-hour increased by 57%. Serials Home and Away (Seven) and Neighbours (10), continued to provide the bulk of series / serials hours, and of all general FTA TV and BVOD drama. Series such as Neighbours explored new hybrid distribution models, releasing on both FTA TV and BVOD, as well as on SVOD platforms.

11 mini-series entered production, one less than last year. Spend fell by 11%, with hours down by 16%. The average cost-per-hour was up by 6%, and was the only metric above the 5-year average.

ABC / ABC iview accounted for the largest share of general FTA TV and BVOD titles, however when looking at hours, Seven / 7plus and 10 / 10 Play account for the majority. This result is largely driven by Home and Away and Neighbours, which made up 65% of all FTA TV and BVOD hours.

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Children’s TV:

12 Children’s titles (11) across television, SVOD and online at $81m up by 22% ($67m).

Numbers of titles and hours were broadly in line with 2021–22 (up 9% and 4% respectively), but were significantly below the 5-year average (12% and 28% respectively). Increased spend was driven by live-action titles, which grew by 28%.

Of the 12 titles that entered production in 2022–23, the ABC commissioned nine. Ten of these titles were supported by Screen Australia, with the agency providing 14% of the total budgets. Meanwhile, the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) supported four titles.

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ABC / ABC iview accounted for 75% of children’s titles in 2022–23, well above its 5-year average of 63%. While the public broadcaster’s proportion of all titles has grown from 45% in 2018–19, its number of titles has remained fairly static. This is largely a consequence of fewer children’s titles overall, down by 40% since 2018–19, driven by declines in the numbers supported by commercial broadcasters.

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Australian general subscription TV and SVOD drama

Binge, Disney+, Foxtel, Netflix, Paramount+, Prime, Stan etc.

21 Australian general subscription TV and SVOD drama titles (29) — $398 million spend  down 11% ($445m).

Numbers of titles and hours were also down on 2021–22 (30% and 17% respectively), but were well above the 5-year average (36% and 54% respectively).

There was a higher concentration of big-budget titles in 2022–23 compared to the previous year. Seven of 21 SVOD titles had budgets over $20 million in 2022–23, compared to eight of 30 titles in 2021-22.

In 2022–23, Stan had the largest single share of subscription TV and SVOD titles and total hours (38% and 33% respectively) – similar to 2021–22.

There were no Co-productions in this category between 2018–19 and 2022–23.

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Drama production by location (incl Film):

New South Wales set a new record spend for the third year in a row, growing by 20% since 2021–22. New South Wales accounted for 56% of the national total, well above its 5-year average of 45%.

Queensland was the only other state that saw growth in spend, increasing by 23% since 2021–22. Queensland accounted for 25% of total national spend in 2022–23 – higher than 2021–22 and the 5-year average, which were 19% and 21% respectively.

All other states and territories saw declines in spend since 2021–22 and were below their respective 5-year averages. Victoria and South Australia saw particularly significant falls.

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Australian general FTA TV and BVOD drama titles

The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race Congaline Productions Pty Ltd, Perpetual Entertainment 10
Aunty Donna’s Coffee Café Haven’t You Done Well Productions Pty Ltd ABC
The Claremont Murders Screentime Pty Ltd Seven
Darradong Local Council Antichocko Productions Pty Ltd Seven
The Disposables Dragonet Films Pty Ltd, Photoplay Films Pty Ltd ABC
Erotic Stories Lingo Pictures Pty Ltd SBS
Gold Diggers Kojo Studios Pty Ltd ABC
Heat Fremantle Australia 10
Home and Away series 36 Seven Network Operations Limited Seven
House of Gods Matchbox Pictures Pty Ltd ABC
Human Error Rough Diamond Entertainment Pty Ltd Nine
In Limbo Bunya Productions Pty Ltd, Heiress Films Pty Ltd ABC
In Our Blood Hoodlum Productions Pty Ltd ABC
Mother and Son Wooden Horse Pty Ltd ABC
Neighbours 2023 series Fremantlemedia Australia Pty Ltd 10
Night Bloomers Turn About Entertainment SBS
North Shore Beach Road Pictures Pty Ltd 10
Paper Dolls Helium Pictures Pty Ltd 10
Queen of Oz Lingo Pictures Pty Ltd ABC
RFDS series 2 Endemol Australia Pty Ltd Seven
Riptide Fremantle Australia 10
Total Control series 3 Blackfella Films Pty Ltd ABC
Triple Oh! Sirius Pictures SBS
Troppo series 2 Perpetual Entertainment, Beyond Entertainment Pty Ltd ABC
Utopia series 5 Working Dog Pty Ltd ABC
Warnie Screentime Pty Ltd Nine
Watch Dogs Oldboy Productions Seven
We Interrupt This Broadcast Helium Pictures Pty Ltd Seven
While the Men are Away We Are Arcadia Pty Ltd SBS

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Australian children’s TV and VOD drama titles

Beep and Mort series 2 Windmill Pictures Pty Ltd ABC
Eddie’s Lil’ Homies Passion Pictures Australia Pty Ltd NITV
F.A.N.G Princess Pictures Holdings Pty Ltd, Moody Street Kids Pty Ltd ABC
Ginger and the Vegesaurs series 2 Cheeky Little Media Pty Ltd ABC
Little J & Big Cuz series 4 Ned Lander Media Pty Ltd ABC
The PM’s Daughter series 2 Fremantlemedia Australia Pty Ltd ABC
Rock Island Mysteries series 2 Fremantlemedia Australia Pty Ltd 10
Space Nova series 2 SLR Productions Pty Ltd ABC
Spooky Files Tony Ayres Productions Pty Ltd, Megaboom Pictures ABC
The Strange Chores series 3 Media World Pty Ltd, Ludo Studio Pty Ltd ABC
Surviving Summer series 2 Werner Film Productions Pty Ltd Netflix
Turn Up the Volume Matchbox Productions Pty Ltd, Film Camp Pty Ltd ABC

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Australian general subscription TV and SVOD drama titles

The Artful Dodger Beach Road Pictures Pty Ltd, Curio Pictures Pty Ltd. Disney+
Boy Swallows Universe Brouhaha Entertainment, Anonymous Content, Chapter One Pictures Netflix
C*A*U*G*H*T Deeper Water Films Pty Ltd Stan
Christmas Ransom Every Cloud Productions Pty Ltd Stan
The Clearing Wooden Horse Pty Ltd, Egeria TV Disney+
Five Bedrooms series 4 Hoodlum Active Pty Ltd Paramount+
Heartbreak High series 2 Fremantle Australia, NewBe Netflix
High Country Curio Pictures Pty Ltd Foxtel
Last Days of the Space Age Princess Pictures Pty Ltd Disney+
Love is in the Air Jaggi Entertainment Netflix
NCIS: Sydney CBS Television, Endemol Shine Australia Pty Ltd Paramount+
The Office (Australian version) Bunya Productions Pty Ltd, BBC Studios ANZ Amazon Prime Video
One Night Easy Tiger Productions Pty Ltd, Motive Pictures Paramount+
Prosper Lingo Pictures Pty Ltd Stan
Strife Made Up Stories Pty Ltd, Fifth Season Foxtel
Totally Completely Fine Fremantle Australia Stan
Wolf Like Me series 2 Made Up Stories Pty Ltd Stan
Year Of Rough Diamond Entertainment Pty Ltd Stan

Statements:

Screen Australia:

Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason said, “We’re proud to report the second highest drama spend ever in Australia. It has been remarkable witnessing the unprecedented surge in production in Australia in recent years and the 2022/23 Drama Report highlights another stellar year for drama production in Australia.

“This year’s Drama Report showcases the dynamic landscape of drama, with significant expenditure coming from a number of different categories. A record Australian PDV spend and continued spend from subscription TV and SVOD titles, such as the upcoming Heartbreak High series 2, High Country and Prosper, and an increase in Australian FTA TV and BVOD spend, coming from titles such as Total Control series 3, RFDS series 2 and While the Men are Away have helped to deliver a fantastic result. We have also seen TV and VOD titles such as Neighbours exploring new hybrid distribution models, releasing on both FTA and SVOD platforms in a short window.

“It’s fantastic to see New South Wales and Queensland continue to go from strength to strength. Like any industry, the demand for production and post-production services and particular filming locations, will understandably come in ebbs and flows. What’s important is these results illustrate that the states and territories are generating significant activity domestically and are establishing themselves as premier destinations for foreign projects.

“There’s no denying, our screen practitioners and businesses continue to punch above their weight both domestically and on the international stage. As we look to the future, we need to ensure that we stay on top of our game – by working together with industry and the state and territory agencies to foster the skilled workforce this level of production critically needs,” Mason said.

Screen Producers Australia:

“The activity in the screen industry that these figures point to is great news on one level, but the deeper you look at the figures and know more of the challenges behind the scenes, the more troubling the overall trends are for Australian audiences wanting to see authentic Australian stories on different screens,” SPA CEO Matt Deaner said.

“We are particularly concerned about the overall decline in expenditure on Australian stories noting that spending on Australian drama is down from $1,529m to $1,124m – and is now less than 50% of the overall drama spend for 2022-23 (last year it was 63%).

“Meanwhile spending on foreign drama (TV and VOD drama and features) has gone from $904m last year to $1,220m this year, or from 37% of the total drama spend to now 52% of total drama spend.

“There’s no doubt many factors driving this changing mix from spending on Australian drama to increased foreign drama, including a significant drop in Australian feature film spend, but we know that these high figures for foreign spend are subject to global trends and many factors outside of Australia’s control.

“Next year we can expect the investment figures to indicate falls in foreign titles reflecting the negative effects of a decline in activity caused by the USA actors and to a lesser extent writers strikes.

“Continuing investments in Australian content by streaming services are welcome in their own right and as a stabilising measure and represent slightly less but overall similar levels of activity from the previous financial year.

“These are investments made in the context of the continuing conversations between the Australian Government and industry stakeholders to bring certainty of investment in Australian stories from streaming services, which was the promise to audiences and industry from our new National Cultural Policy Revive.”