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Series and serials production

Number, total production budgets (current dollars*) and hours of adult series and serials shot 1990/91–2014/15

Next update March 2017

* Dollar value as per each year specified (ie not adjusted for inflation).

In the first decade of the 2000s, 192 adult series or serials titles were shot in Australia, with total budgets of $1.5 billion. Of these 15 were foreign productions, with total budgets of $117 million: five from the US, three from the UK and one each from India, Greece, Belgium, the Philippines, China, France and Korea.

By comparison, 199 titles were shot in Australia during the 1990s, with total production budgets of $1.4 billion. Of these, 10 were foreign series, with total budgets of $96 million: five from the US, three from the UK, and one each from Canada and Germany.

While the number of titles has remained relatively steady, the number of hours produced has dropped significantly since records started in 1992/93.

  Australian productions1 Foreign productions2 All productions
No.3 Total budgets ($m)* Hrs4 Av. cost per hour ($m) No. Total budgets ($m)*5 Hrs4 No. Total budgets ($m)*5 Hrs4
1990/91 23 (5) 96 n.a. n.a. 2 14 n.a. 25 110 n.a.
1991/92 27 (5) 99 n.a. n.a. 2 23 n.a. 29 122 n.a.
1992/93 12 (0) 67 396 0.17 0 0 0 12 67 396
1993/94 18 (4) 111 631 0.18 1 24 22 19 135 653
1994/95 14 (4) 79 430 0.18 2 3 6 16 82 436
1995/96 18 (2) 99 586 0.17 0 0 0 18 99 586
1996/97 19 (3) 132 588 0.23 1 25 13 20 157 601
1997/98 20 (2) 167 693 0.24 0 0 0 20 167 693
1998/99 18 (2) 230 629 0.37 2 7 3 20 237 632
1999/00 20 (3) 231 631 0.37 0 0 0 20 231 631
Total 90/91–99/00 189 (30) 1,312 n.a. n.a. 10 96 n.a. 199 1,408 n.a.
Annual av. 90/91–99/00 19 (3) 131 n.a. n.a. 1 10 n.a. 20 141 n.a.
2000/01 23 (7) 221 690 0.32 1 2 2 24 222 691
2001/02 24 (6) 222 614 0.36 4 37 33 28 258 647
2002/03 20 (5) 122 528 0.23 0 0 0 20 122 528
2003/04 16 (3) 106 456 0.23 1 1 2 17 107 458
2004/05 15 (4) 123 505 0.24 0 0 0 15 123 505
2005/06 16 (2) 92 412 0.22 2 40 11 18 132 422
2006/07 19 (3) 124 426 0.29 4 [+0] 22 24 [+0] 23 [+0] 146 450 [+0]
2007/08 16 (4) 129 442 0.29 0 [+0] 0 0 [+0] 16 [+0] 129 442 [+0]
2008/09 15 (4) 130 390 0.33 1 [+2] 2 2 [+20] 16 [+2] 132 392 [+20]
2009/10 13 (4) 132 340 0.39 2 [+0] 15 11 [+0] 15 [+0] 147 351 [+0]
Total 00/01–09/10 177 (42) 1,402 4,801 15 [+2] 117 84 [+20] 192 [+2] 1,519 4,884 [+20]
Annual av. 00/01–09/10 18 (4) 140 480 0.29 2 [+1] 12 8 [+5] 19 [+1] 152 488 [+5]
2010/11 13 (3) 126 348 0.36 1 n.p. 13 14 n.p. 361
2011/12 12 (3) 100 313 0.32 4 11 7 16 111 320
2012/13 13 (2) 106 308 0.34 0 0 0 13 106 308
2013/14 20 (3) 117 332 0.35 2 8 16 22 125 348
2014/15 14 (2) 85 284 0.30 0 0 0 14 85 284

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes:
Does not include series for children.
Figures are updated on an ongoing basis therefore there may be some discrepancies with previously published data.
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
Figures preceded by '+' are for foreign productions undertaking only PDV work in Australia. Foreign productions undertaking only PDV in Australia have been included since 2006/07. Foreign shoot and PDV-only figures have been combined from 2010/11 onwards due to confidentiality reasons.
n.a. Not available.
n.p. Not for publication due to confidentiality reasons.
* Dollar value as per each year specified (ie not adjusted for inflation).
1. Productions under Australian creative control, including domestic productions, official co-productions and other productions involving shared creative control, i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions.
2. Productions under foreign creative control with a substantial amount shot in Australia.
3. Total includes inhouse productions made by television broadcasters (inhouse number shown in brackets).
4. Hours refers to commercial broadcast hours rather than actual running time. Data available from 1992/93 only.
5. Total budgets include only foreign titles shot in Australia – total budgets for foreign PDV-only titles are not available.

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