Existential threats to the screenwriting profession have been making headlines lately with the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike, but Australian writers working in children's television have been facing their own less noisy, but equally momentous, disruption since the scrapping of quotas in October 2020, writes Cleon Prineas.
Australia's leading children's TV producers today called on the Federal Government to review its planned media reforms, warning that abolishish the free-to-air broadcasters' children content quotas will result in thousands of job losses.
Arenamedia and a broad coalition of industry players have called on the Federal Government to create an Innovation Fund to support new and emerging talent and diverse creative voices.
The Producer Offset for Australian live action children's drama should be raised to 40 per cent and all platforms including streaming services be mandated to produce or co-fund children’s content, according to the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.
The emerging crisis around local content results from repeated inaction by government to develop 21st century policy frameworks, write University of the Sunshine Coast's Anna Potter and Queensland University of Technology's Amanda Lotz. Here, they recommend three ways government can encourage local production and break the policy inertia
Amid ongoing debate over local content quotas, the Seven Network has threatened to halt the production of children's programs and to scrap plans for new adult drama, raising the ire of producers.
Almost everyone accepts that it’s time to re-visit the current C and P regulations and come up with a system that is fit for purpose – but just getting rid of them and doing nothing is not the solution either.