The tectonic shifts that have characterised the pandemic's impact on the screen sector are laid bare in PwC’s annual media outlook, which forecasts an ongoing migration towards digital consumption in the coming years.
Australia's leading children's producers are calling for a 20 per cent children's sub-quota to be placed on streaming platforms, based on an overall 20 per cent revenue-based local content requirement.
A senate committee has gone against Foxtel on a proposal to halve subscription television's local drama quota, recommending that the legislation remains as is.
The ABC has used its submission to the Federal Government's media reform green paper review to request an additional $90 million in funding, while at the same time joining SBS in dismissing content obligations as "unnecessary".
Screen Producers Australia has released its submission to Federal Government's media reform green paper, outlining steps to address what it percieves to be a "regulatory gap" with streaming platforms in Australia.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher has doubled down on criticism of the ABC for its response to potential local content obligations, but has sympathised with other industry views on the green paper – namely the call for streaming platforms to spend 20 per cent of their local revenue on Australian content.
Both SPA and the ADG have identified the potential for a "production void" if there is a prolonged delay between the government's relaxation of local content quotas for commercial free-to-air broadcasters and any imposition of obligations on streamers.
The Federal Government has committed to a staged process of media regulation reform, ultimately culminating in what it hopes will be "platform-neutral regulatory framework covering both online and offline delivery of media content."