Oz gov’t to pump coin into drama

Initiative aims to boost adult, kiddie skeins

SYDNEY — In a move to aid the parlous state of Aussie TV drama, the government unveiled on Wednesday a A$200,000 ($150,000) initiative to boost adult and kiddie drama skeins.

Announced as part of the 50-years-of-television celebrations Down Under, the scheme will supply coin through the Australian Film Commission based on a writer’s track record and the idea’s creativity.

Money will be used in the development phase, and each writer can apply for up to $40,000, depending how far along the project is.

“Providing funding to experienced television writers and producers will enable the AFC to ensure more Australian stories can be told and quality local content continues to be available on our screens,” said Arts Minister Rod Kemp at the launch.

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