• Search Keywords

  • Year

  • Production Status

  • Genre

  • Co-production

  • SA Supported

  • Indigenous creative

  • Length

  • Technique

Mini-series production

Number, total production budgets (current dollars*) and hours of mini-series shot 1990/91–2015/16

Next update March 2018

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

No foreign mini-series were shot here in the first half of the 1990s, but there has been an average of one made each year since 1995/96. In 2007/08, that single title, the HBO/Playtone/DreamWorks mini-series The Pacific, had a total production budget of $150 million, making it by far the most expensive TV drama production ever made in this country.

For more on Australian production, see Australian mini-series.

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 9 45 n.a. n.a. 0 0 n.a. 9 45 n.a.
1991/92 3 (1) 18 n.a. n.a. 0 0 n.a. 3 18 n.a.
1992/93 3 19 n.a. n.a. 0 0 n.a. 3 19 n.a.
1993/94 3 19 n.a. n.a. 0 0 n.a. 3 19 n.a.
1994/95 3 13 17 0.76 0 0 0 3 13 17
1995/96 5 (1) 26 45 0.58 2 31 7 7 57 52
1996/97 5 54 25 2.14 1 15 2 6 69 27
1997/98 3 12 11 1.09 0 0 0 3 12 11
1998/99 3 32 11 2.91 1 30 4 4 62 15
1999/00 2 17 7 2.43 1 6 3 3 23 10
Total for 90/91–99/00 39 (2) 255 n.a. n.a. 5 82 n.a. 44 337 n.a.
Annual av. 90/91–99/00 4 (<1) 26 n.a. n.a. 1 8 n.a. 4 34 n.a.
2000/01 3 (1) 21 14 1.52 1 20 4 4 41 18
2001/02 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002/03 4 23 14 1.72 2 26 5 6 49 19
2003/04 1 8 4 2.00 1 29 4 2 37 8
2004/05 3 30 13 2.30 1 5 3 4 35 16
2005/06 3 21 19 1.10 1 1 4 4 22 23
2006/07 9 (1) 61 74 0.82 1 [+0] 27 6 [+0] 10 [+0] 88 [+0] 80 [+0]
2007/08 8 61 71 0.86 1 [+0] 150 10 [+0] 9 [+0] 211 [+0] 81 [+0]
2008/09 10 87 93 0.93 1 [+0] <1 6 [+0] 11 [+0] 87 [+0] 99 [+0]
2009/10 10 95 102 0.93 0 [+0] 0 0 [+0] 10 [+0] 95 [+0] 102 [+0]
Total 00/01–09/10 51 (2) 407 404 - 9 [+0] 257 42 [+0] 60 [+0] 665 [+0] 446 [+0]
Annual av. 00/01–09/10 5 (<1) 41 40 1.01 1 [+0] 26 4 [+0] 6 [+0] 66 [+0] 45 [+0]
2010/11 13 138 132 1.05 0 0 0 13 138 132
2011/12 16 150 139 1.08 0 0 0 16 150 139
2012/13 22 (2) 194 186 1.04 1 n.p. 10 23 n.p. 196
2013/14 15 (1) 169 132 1.28 0 0 0 15 169 132
2014/15 15 (2) 138 109 1.27 1 n.p. 6 16 n.p. 115
2015/16 23 222 162 1.37 1 n.p. 13 24 n.p. 175

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes:
Does not include mini-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 1994/95 only.
5. Total budgets include only foreign titles shot in Australia – total budgets for foreign PDV-only titles are not available.

Top