Oz pursues runaways

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It has only been two months since Debra Richards has taken on the role as topper of Ausfilm — the org tasked with bringing runaway prods to Oz — yet she has faced a record slump in international prods and a government report that failed to lift subsidies as the industry requested.

But that has not stopped Richards, who came to Ausfilm from feevee org the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA). She continues to lobby the government for more coin a skill learned fighting for feevee against Oz’s powerful free webs.

Although there is no concrete news and there is unlikely to be any until budget time mid-year, Richards says, “We know we’re not knocked out yet so were still in there.”

The industry is lobbying the government to double the existing 15% location offset and the post, digital and visual effects (PDV) offset, also set at 15%, and it is hoped the new figure of 30% will help bring Stateside and other international prods back…

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