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Lawmakers make dramatic change

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The Oz government will encourage investment in script development by amending the Broadcasting Act, it announced Thursday.

The changes come after its review into Aussie and Kiwi drama content on pay TV.

Pay TV channels that are skewed to drama must spend 10% of their program expenditure on local productions.

This will be extended to allow script development coin to count towards the 10% spend. Any coin in excess of the 10% can be carried over and counted in the following year.

The government also changed the definition of “drama” to make it consistent with the Australian Content Standard which governs the amount of local drama on free-to-air networks.

Although payboxes do not show much original drama, Foxtel had success in 2005 with its series “Love My Way,” which picked up the award for TV drama series at the Australian Film Institute kudos in November.

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