Research on various aspects of Screen Production is regularly undertaken. This section collates research relating to screen production projects or the professionals who create them.?

Survey of Screen Production in New Zealand
This survey provides the only comprehensive source of information about production activity in New Zealand. It helps to establish the importance of our industry to the New Zealand economy, to identify trends, and to gauge the level of foreign exchange generated by screen production. To order the full report ($95+ gst) email?SPADA.

Producer Training Paper
SPADA has prepared a major draft discussion paper on producer development which proposes a strategic approach to upskilling opportunities. The draft paper is being considered by the Screen Industry Task Force, and is still in its early stages. Nevertheless, it is the most comprehensive overview of producer training to date. Member input is very welcome.

Economic Theory and Local Content Quotas for Television
In early 2000 a coalition comprising TV3, Sky, Prime and the TAB released a paper by Veronica Jacobsen of Arthur Andersen (commissioned through Chen and Palmer). This paper tried to critique the SPADA quota model using economic theory. While purporting to be an unbiased analysis, the paper was remarkably light on fact and very heavy on opinion masked as theory.

While SPADA does not have the resources to commission heavyweight consulting firms, we were very concerned about the attack on the very concept of quota and discussed it with several economists. It became clear that economic theory was less than clear - or even relevant - when applied to broadcasting policy. ?In the interests of furthering the debate, we commissioned economist and policy analyst David Hay to examine local content quotas from an economic theory perspective. ?The resulting paper helps to make the econobabble comprehensible to a layperson, and points out not only the uses but also the limitations of economic theory when applied to broadcasting policy.

Television Programme Quotas - A Blueprint for New Zealand
This discussion paper proposes a local programme quota model for New Zealand that will make an on-screen difference to the range, diversity and accessibility of local programmes offered to New Zealand audiences. It was written in response to Government policy to introduce a local content quota and provides a practical, hands-on view of how to implement a sensible system. All New Zealand programmes are included in the system, and six special genres receive additional credit to encourage broadcasters to screen them.