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Australian mini-series

Number of Australian mini-series produced, total production budgets and average budget per title (current* and 2016 dollars), 1980/81–2015/16

Next update March 2018

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

Production of Australian mini-series for adults (including co-productions) declined significantly from the 1980s, when an average of 12 titles with average annual production budgets of $42 million ($101 million in 2016 dollars) were produced each year, to the 1990s, when the average was four titles with average annual budgets of $25 million ($43 million in 2016 dollars) each year. However, mini-series production rose again over the next decade, from an average of two titles with total average budgets of $16 million ($23 million in 2016 dollars) in the years 2000/01 to 2004/05, to an average of eight titles with total budgets of $65 million ($73 million in 2016 dollars) in the five years to 2009/10.

Average budgets have remained relatively stable over the last 36 years, at around $8-11 million per title (2016 dollars).

No. per year1 Total budgets ($m) per year Average budget per title
Current ($m)* 2016 ($m)2 Current ($m)* 2016 ($m2)
1980/81 9 (7) 15 57 1.69 6.33
1981/82 10 (1) 3 11 0.34 1.13
1982/83 9 (4) 20 60 2.24 6.66
1983/84 5 19 52 3.70 10.33
1984/85 12 (3) 49 130 4.06 10.83
1985/86 22 (2) 78 197 3.56 8.96
1986/87 11 (2) 40 94 3.66 8.58
1987/88 17 84 186 4.96 10.91
1988/89 12 61 124 5.10 10.34
1989/90 10 (1) 52 99 5.23 9.90
Total 80/81–89/90 117 (20) 423 1,010
Annual av. 80/81–89/90 12 (2) 42 101 3.60 8.40
1990/91 9 45 81 4.94 8.97
1991/92 3 (1) 18 32 6.00 10.68
1992/93 5 31 55 6.24 11.03
1993/94 1 5 9 4.90 8.57
1994/95 3 13 22 4.33 7.44
1995/96 5 (1) 26 43 5.20 8.66
1996/97 5 54 89 10.85 17.81
1997/98 3 12 20 4.12 6.66
1998/99 3 32 51 10.51 16.92
1999/00 2 17 27 8.50 13.33
Total 90/91–99/00 39 (2) 253 429
Annual av. 90/91–99/00 4 (<1) 25 43 6.56 11.01
2000/01 3 (1) 21 32 7.11 10.71
2001/02 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
2002/03 4 23 33 5.81 8.28
2003/04 1 8 11 8.00 11.00
2004/05 3 30 40 9.96 13.18
2005/06 3 21 26 6.98 8.78
2006/07 9 (1) 61 73 6.77 8.12
2007/08 8 61 70 7.64 8.76
2008/09 10 87 95 8.69 9.46
2009/10 10 95 102 9.50 10.25
Total 00/01–09/10 51 (2) 407 482
Annual av. 00/01–09/10 5 (<1) 41 48 8.00 9.46
2010/11 13 138 140 10.59 10.76
2011/12 16 150 150 9.38 9.36
2012/13 22 (2) 194 194 8.81 8.81
2013/14 15 (1) 169 166 11.27 11.10
2014/15 15 (2) 138 137 9.22 9.16
2015/16 23 222 222 9.63 9.63

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes:
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.
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.
* Dollar value as per each year specified (ie not adjusted for inflation).
1. Includes inhouse productions made by television broadcasters (inhouse number shown in brackets).
2. Adjusted using the non-farm GDP deflator; base year 2015/16.

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