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2001

Broadband Media in Australia - Tales from the Frontier

15 October 2001

A report on Australia's preparedness for the new frontier of broadband entertainment was released today by the Australian Film Commission.

Broadband Media in Australia - Tales from the Frontier is the first comprehensive analysis of recent developments in Australian new media production.

The report is part of the Screen Industry, Culture and Policy Research Series commissioned by the Australian Film Commission and the Australian Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy under an Australian Research Council collaborative grant.

The focus of the report is the creation of local content in the emerging broadband media environment. The report examines:
- the progress made with the establishment of new entertainment services;
- the kind of content these new services are providing; and
- the ramifications for local content providers.

"The report emphasises the view that the presence of Australian voices, images and perspectives on the media screens of the future will be an important part of the digital revolution, delivering the promise of enriching and better informing our society. As well as international material, we need to access and share local experiences and stories. This report aims to make a contribution to the debate by taking a practical look at some major current developments and their ramifications with regard to local content creation and delivery," said Maureen Barron, Chair of the Australian Film Commission, speaking at today's Australian Content in New Media seminar in Sydney.

Series Editor, Professor Stuart Cunningham from the Creative Industries Research and Applications Centre (CIRAC) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), said: "A great deal is happening in new media and broadband content in Australia but we have very little consolidated information and analysis about it. This report fills that gap and is a very timely overview of the opportunities and challenges for Australian creative production in the new environment."

The report is available to download from the AFC website.

Hard copies are available from the AFC for $19.95.

Media Enquiries:
Tracey Mair
TM Publicity
For the Australian Film Commission
Ph: 0419 221 493
Email: traceym@tmpublicity.com

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