Local content struggling to survive: New report

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Local content is being diluted by the digital television channels, as TV networks look to fill their schedules with cheap foreign programming.

Among the key finding from a report released by Screen Australia this week is that the amount of foreign content on Australian television has increased by 154 per cent since 2008, while Australian content has increased by only 54 per cent in the same period.

"In the multi-channel environment, Australian content is being drowned in a sea of foreign content," said Fiona Cameron, chief operating officer of Screen Australia.

Read more about the findings here and here.

Red Dog a runaway success

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Red Dog has overtaken Sanctum to become the highest grossing Australian film of 2011.

Inside Film Magazine reports: "Australian feel-good movie Red Dog has posted a rare feat, posting three consecutive weekends of increasing box office receipts as positive word-of-mouth continues to spread." Full story here

Film and TV allowances upped

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As of August 1, allowances under Equity’s film and television agreements have increased. For a copy of the current allowances contact the Equity information desk on 1300 656 512.

AFI launches Aussie Oscars

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Geoffrey Rush has been named the founding president of the new Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. The body will manage the new film and TV awards that are to replace the AFI Awards. The awards will take place in January to coincide with the international awards season. Read more.

Calling for local content

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The Alliance met with the Convergence Review Committee this week and discussed the importance of maintaining levels of Australian content in a converged media and entertainment landscape.


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