Foxtel reaffirms its commitment to Australian drama

Patrick Delany.

Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany has reassured Australian producers that its commitment to commissioning Australian drama has not wavered.

Some producers expressed concern after it was announced that Penny Win would step down after nearly five years as Foxtel’s head of drama and transition to a consultant role.

Earlier this year Foxtel did call a temporary halt to drama commissions while it reviewed its approach to the genre, raising fears it may reduce its investment in drama after funneling many millions of dollars into sports rights and Svod service Kayo Sports.

However Delany told If today: “We are not shirking or moving away from our commitment to Australian drama. We will continue to commission four series each year.”

More broadly, 75 new and returning dramas are premiering on Foxtel this year. The platform has screened Matchbox’s Secret City: Under the Eagle and Fremantle’s Wentworth and Lingo PicturesLambs of God,
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