Matthew Deaner, CEO of Screen Producers Australia opened the Screen Forever conference with a speech summarising the state of play. The issues are now very familiar, but SPA is drawing on a new thread to hold the conversation together.
First he unleashed the threats. The unregulated SVOD services are hacking into audiences for local media. In a nice piece of lobby-speak he said, ‘Without regulation of content on streaming services the bandwidth offered to the public will be locked up with vertical integration of the large studios into the emerging distribution pipes’.