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Edwards laments lack of new dramas and talent

17 November 2015 3:52 PM, PST | | See recent news »

John Edwards today likened the state of the Australian TV drama production industry to a .stagnant billabong,. marked by fewer series, the same writers, inflated costs for no apparent quality gain, shrinking audiences and increasingly reliance on subsidy.

.All the openness and excitement and bringing through of new talent, of new work, has certainly dissipated, and the area that has historically been the largest and most productive sector of the broadcast industry has all but disappeared,. the veteran producer said in his Hector Crawford memorial lecture at Screen Forever.

.People keep saying it.s the golden age of television drama. If the emperor doesn.t have no clothes, he certainly seems to be wearing very weird underwear..

Edwards lamented the demise of the 40-part and 22-part series and said 13-parters are almost an anachronism.. He noted 6-8 part dramas typically cost $1 million- $1.2 million per hour and once those production structures »

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