Culture

May 9, 2018

Should Netflix be forced to screen more Australian content?

Industry groups are ramping up a communications policy push, and the focus is on a certain foreign streaming service.

Ben Eltham — <em>Crikey</em> arts commentator

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

In recent months, the debate about the future shape of Australian culture has spilled out into the open, driven by a concerted campaign by industry groups, including Screen Producers Australia and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, to “make it Australian”.

Australian-made campaigns are nothing new. But the interesting aspect of the current push is that the industry is pressing for more regulation, not more money.

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5 thoughts on “Should Netflix be forced to screen more Australian content?

  1. Xoanon

    This is a no-brainer. Of course Netflix and Stan should have a local content quota imposed. It’d be no skin off their nose anyway, just an earmarking of a small percentage of their existing production budgets; but it’d be likely to produce some productions that would play well with their international audience, as well as supporting our screen industry and our culture. It’s win-win really.

  2. Mr B Barry

    What Australian content? You mean more cooking shows? More rubbish reality shows? I can’t remember how long ago it was that Australia produced any worthwhile movies or television.
    Leave Netflix and Stan alone. They’re doing alright without adding poor quality Australian productions to their menu.

  3. [email protected]

    Let say their is a 10% quota on local content?
    What happens when their are 11 countries who set this quota?

    Does this mean the streaming company will have to decide not to show part of their library to those countries to get the quota?

  4. Douglas Smith

    Seriously!!!! Who are these people trying to kid??? If the free to air networks don’t have the balls to produce more local scripted content. Why should they expect the multinationals to do it for them?

  5. [email protected]

    Let’s not forget the % is achieved by showing kiwi poor I think sit coms ( they may be dramas hard to tell).

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