Australia extends filming incentives to SVODs

Australia has extended its filming incentive support to SVOD services for the first time, broadening eligibility to Netflix and Amazon.

Australia has extended its filming incentive support to SVOD services for the first time, broadening eligibility to Netflix and Amazon.

Extending Australia’s existing Post, Digital and Visual Effects, and Location Offsets programmes is designed primarily to boost the country’s domestic production industry.

Australia extends filming incentives to SVODs
Tidelands

The move may also help channel more overseas money into Australia from the international streaming giants.

Nearly A$720m was spent on Australian productions in 2018, according to government figures, with 38 features and 36 TV dramas made over the course of the year.

Netflix series Tidelands, first announced in mid-2017 and launched in December, was the first Australian show to be backed by the SVOD giant.

“Large-budget productions strengthen Australia’s capacity to produce high-quality stories for Australian and international audiences by providing skills development and training opportunities that go significantly beyond what can be achieved on smaller-budget productions,” said Mitch Fifield, Australia’s minister for communications and the arts.

Australia wants to build on the success it has had in recent years appealing to big-budget features, having hosted Thor: Ragnarok and Aquaman in Queensland, and another currently untitled Marvel movie set to shoot at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney later this year.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Australia.

Main page image: FreeImages/Timobalk

Australia extends filming incentives to SVODs
Tidelands

Australia has extended its filming incentive support to SVOD services for the first time, broadening eligibility to Netflix and Amazon.

Extending Australia’s existing Post, Digital and Visual Effects, and Location Offsets programmes is designed primarily to boost the country’s domestic production industry.

The move may also help channel more overseas money into Australia from the international streaming giants.

Nearly A$720m was spent on Australian productions in 2018, according to government figures, with 38 features and 36 TV dramas made over the course of the year.

Netflix series Tidelands, first announced in mid-2017 and launched in December, was the first Australian show to be backed by the SVOD giant.

“Large-budget productions strengthen Australia’s capacity to produce high-quality stories for Australian and international audiences by providing skills development and training opportunities that go significantly beyond what can be achieved on smaller-budget productions,” said Mitch Fifield, Australia’s minister for communications and the arts.

Australia wants to build on the success it has had in recent years appealing to big-budget features, having hosted Thor: Ragnarok and Aquaman in Queensland, and another currently untitled Marvel movie set to shoot at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney later this year.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Australia.

Main page image: FreeImages/Timobalk

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