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series and serials budgets

Number and proportion of adult series and serials in various budget ranges (2016 dollars), 1995/96–2015/16

Next update March 2018


2010/11–2015/16: Series/serials shot July 2010 to June 2016

The proportion of Australian series and serials made in the $1–3 million budget range has increased from 30 per cent in the 2000s to 37 per cent in the last six years. Titles falling in the $10–20 million range, however, have fallen from 32 per cent to 12 per cent across the same timeframe. These two budget ranges account for 49 per cent of all Australian series and serials shot between 2010/11 and 2015/16.

Australian productions2 Foreign productions3 All productions
No. titles 87 8 95
Budget range1
Less than $1m 16% 0% 15%
$1–3m 36% 50% 37%
$3–6m 22% 13% 21%
$6–10m 0% 25% 2%
$10–20m 13% 0% 12%
More than $20m 14% 13% 14%

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes:
Does not include series for children.
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. Adjusted using the non-farm GDP deflator; base year 2015/16.
2. Productions under Australian creative control, including official co-productions and other productions involving shared creative control, i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions.
3. Productions under foreign creative control with a substantial amount shot in Australia. Does not include foreign productions undertaking PDV only work in Australia.

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2000/01–2009/10: Series/serials shot July 2000 to June 2010

For series and serials shot between 2000/01 and 2009/10, two budget ranges predominated for Australian productions (including co-productions) – around a third were in the $1–3 million range and another third in the $10–20 million range (in 2015 dollars). The proportion of foreign series in the lower budget ranges increased in the 10 years to 2009/10, with 60 per cent shot for less than $3 million. The lower-budget foreign series included a number of programs that were only partially shot in Australia.

Australian productions2 Foreign productions3 All productions
No. titles 178 15 193
Budget range1
Less than $1m 6% 33% 8%
$1–3m 30% 27% 30%
$3–6m 13% 7% 12%
$6–10m 7% 0% 6%
$10–20m 32% 13% 31%
More than $20m 13% 20% 13%

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes:
Does not include series for children.
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. Adjusted using the non-farm GDP deflator; base year 2015/16.
2. Productions under Australian creative control, including official co-productions and other productions involving shared creative control, i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions.
3. Productions under foreign creative control with a substantial amount shot in Australia. Does not include foreign productions undertaking PDV only work in Australia.

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1995/96–1999/00: Series/serials shot July 1995 to June 2000

Australian series and serials shot between 1995/96 and 1999/00 (including co-productions) were spread across all budget ranges (in 2015 dollars), but had a greater concentration in the higher ranges, with 66 per cent over $6 million. Of the small number of foreign series made in Australia over this period, 30 per cent had budgets over $20 million.

Australian productions2 Foreign productions3 All productions
No. titles 95 3 98
Budget range1
Less than $1m 5% 0% 5%
$1–3m 20% 0% 19%
$3–6m 8% 33% 9%
$6–10m 14% 33% 14%
$10–20m 25% 0% 24%
More than $20m 27% 33% 28%

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes:
Does not include series for children.
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. Adjusted using the non-farm GDP deflator; base year 2015/16.
2. Productions under Australian creative control, including official co-productions and other productions involving shared creative control, i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions.
3. Productions under foreign creative control with a substantial amount shot in Australia. Does not include foreign productions undertaking PDV only work in Australia.

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