Documentary Business

Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc

AIDC: Local Content Quotas for Aussie Streamers. Conversations with Simon Nasht & Dan Goldberg

I recently mingled with 800 delegates attending AIDC – the Australian International Documentary Conference – on a beautiful, late Summer day in Melbourne.

Two award-winning producers described local industry highlights:

  • Industry veteran Simon Nasht (Smith&Nasht) spoke about the uncertain impact on producers of forthcoming local content quotas on Netflix and the scaled-up streamers.
  • And Mint Pictures’ head of factual Dan Goldberg shared his company’s active production pipeline, commenting on the current standard funding model.

Simon Nasht:

  • [0:38] – How is the shift to streaming playing out in Australia?
  • [4:30] – Possible impacts on producers’ budgets of local content quotas for streamers
  • [5:27] – Are the legacy broadcasters still buying documentaries? And are they paying?
  • [7:00] – What funding is available for unscripted productions?
  • [8:20] – The outlook for Australian doc commissions

Dan Goldberg:

  • [1:00] – Mint Pictures profile, including Finding The Archibald (ABC, 2021) with Rachel Griffiths
  • [3:00] – Opportunities in Arts programming
  • [4:45] – Funding boutique nonfiction productions
  • [5:50] – International coproduction opportunities for factual
  • [8:00] – The Holy Grail:  Returnable factual series

Peter’s Takeways

  • I was surprised to learn at AIDC that Warner Bros / Discovery won’t launch its HBO Max streaming platform in Australia.
  • When I worked at CBS International, Australia was our #1 sales territory, driven by language and cultural affinity.
  • WBD’s decision to go the “arms dealer” route and license its content to Rupert Murdoch’s Foxtel signifies dramatic pushback against the global streaming model led by Netflix.
  • This turn of events promotes market complexity versus “all rights, all territories” deals implied in the global streaming strategy, and perhaps signifies a shift back to opportunities for co-productions.


Don’t miss my revealing Case Study with Simon Nasht:

(Video: Thanks to Oliver Nasht & Ramiro Salgado. And Chris Harms.)


AIDC is excellently located at Federation Square, the complex seen just to right of Princes Bridge in center of the pic below. It’s such a great time to visit Melbourne. I highly recommend that friends and colleagues get AIDC ’24 on your calendars.