From today Neighbours airs exclusively on ELEVEN, creating an unusual situation for TEN’s Drama quota.
Until now the government has not amended its regulations for local drama points. Drama series on multichannels do not yet attract points towards their annual quota.
The three networks are required to reach 250 points for first release Australian drama, a complex formula made up of different points awarded for Telemovies, Miniseries, Feature Films, Series, and Serials.
In the case of TEN it has two returning dramas: 13 episodes of Rush and 13 episodes of Offspring.
New drama series Inside Out, inspired by the success of Prisoner, is yet to go into production.
But TEN chief Programming Officer David Mott told TV Tonight that while Neighbours may not attract drama points on ELEVEN there had been considerable planning -and hinted at new titles to be announced soon.
“We haven’t put Neighbours on ELEVEN and thought ‘Now what are we going to do?’ We have a very clear strategy in place and all will be revealed as the year rolls out,” he said.
“I can absolutely say we will completely meet all our obligations.”
“Neighbours was going to belong on ELEVEN whether the government gave us any comfort on the multichannels and clearly they haven’t for 2011, but that hasn’t changed our view.”
Mott says TEN will announce more news about its 2011 drama slate in coming weeks.
“You’re going to hear about a number of projects coming through that are currently in development.”