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Telemovie production

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

Next update March 2018

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

Foreign telemovie production in Australia remained relatively steady during the 1990s, averaging four titles per year with average budgets of $18 million ($30 million in 2016 dollars). In 2000/01 there was a significant increase in foreign telemovie activity, with 14 titles and total budgets of $124 million shooting in Australia. Some of this increase was probably influenced by the threat of industry strike action in the US, which saw several US productions accelerating their schedules to ensure completion before the strike began. While eight foreign titles were shot in Australia in 2002/03 and one in 2003/04, this dropped off dramatically with no foreign titles shot here for the rest of the decade (to 2009/10). Three foreign telemovies were shot in Australia in the five years up to 2015/16, in addition to one title that outsourced only its PDV work to Australia.

For more on Australian productions, see Australian telemovies.

Australian productions1 Foreign productions2 All productions
No.3 Total budgets ($m)* Hrs Av. cost per hour ($m)* No. Total budgets ($m)*4 Hrs No. Total budgets ($m)*4 Hrs
1990/91 2 2 n.a. n.a. 0 0 n.a. 2 2 n.a.
1991/92 5 (1) 4 n.a. n.a. 1 3 n.a. 6 7 n.a.
1992/93 6 7 n.a. n.a. 4 19 n.a. 10 26 n.a.
1993/94 11 12 n.a. n.a. 3 12 n.a. 14 24 n.a.
1994/95 17 26 n.a. n.a. 4 25 n.a. 21 51 n.a.
1995/96 12 20 19 1.05 6 18 10 18 38 29
1996/97 8 16 13 1.23 4 10 5 12 26 18
1997/98 7 13 11 1.15 5 28 8 12 40 19
1998/99 10 (1) 27 14 1.96 6 32 12 16 59 26
1999/00 17 41 25 1.64 7 35 11 24 76 36
Total 90/91–99/00 95 (2) 168 n.a. n.a. 40 181 n.a. 135 349 n.a.
Annual av. 90/91–99/00 10 (<1) 17 n.a. n.a. 4 18 n.a. 14 35 n.a.
2000/01 7 20 11 1.79 14 124 23 21 144 34
2001/02 9 24 14 1.73 0 0 0 9 24 14
2002/03 4 10 6 1.61 8 59 15 12 69 21
2003/04 11 27 17 1.62 1 4 2 12 31 18
2004/05 6 15 10 1.55 0 0 0 6 15 10
2005/06 9 18 13 1.44 0 0 0 9 18 13
2006/07 4 13 6 2.08 0 [+0] 0 0 [+0] 4 [+0] 13 6 [+0]
2007/08 4 (1) 10 6 1.71 0 [+0] 0 0 [+0] 4 [+0] 10 6 [+0]
2008/09 2 4 3 1.40 0 [+0] 0 0 [+0] 2 [+0] 4 3 [+0]
2009/10 4 11 7 1.68 0 [+0] 0 0 [+0] 4 [+0] 11 7 [+0]
Total 00/01–09/10 60 (1) 153 92 23 [+0] 187 39 [+0] 83 [+0] 340 131 [+0]
Annual av. 00/01–09/10 6 (<1) 15 9 1.66 2 [+0] 19 4 [+0] 8 [+0] 34 13 [+0]
2010/11 6 13 9 1.45 2 n.p. 2 8 n.p. 11
2011/12 10 33 18 1.79 1 n.p. 2 11 n.p. 20
2012/13 5 14 8 1.80 1 n.p. 2 6 n.p. 9
2013/14 5 16 8 2.04 0 0 0 5 16 8
2014/15 6 16 9 1.87 0 0 0 6 16 9
2015/16 6 15 10 1.53 0 0 0 6 15 10

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes:
Does not include telemovies 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.
n.p. Not for publication due to confidentiality reasons.
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 combined from 2010/11 onwards 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. Total budgets include only foreign titles shot in Australia – total budgets for foreign PDV-only titles are not available.

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