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  • The Facilities 50
    Jon Creamer launches Televisual's 31st exclusive annual Facilities 50 survey featuring the top post production houses in the UK and 48 pages of analysis of the sector
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    Jon Creamer introduces Televisual’s exclusive Commercial 30 survey, reporting on a year of highs and lows for commercials producers.
  • The Drama Genre Report
    With competition from streamers intensifying, UK broadcasters are exploring new drama strategies. Tim Dams reports
  • Primary Colours
    Five leading movie colourists tell Michael Burns the secrets of their craft, and explain the techniques they use to grade movies like The Danish Girl, Peterloo and Baby Driver
  • Up, up and away!
    Thanks to advances in camera technology, the possibilities of aerial filming are greater than ever before. Pippa Considine reports on some of the year’s standout aerial projects
  • OB: Which Way Now
    The OB industry is embracing major change as it adapts to the worlds of UHD, HDR and IP. Michael Burns reports
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Production 100 2011 Back to Reports & survey Listing

01 All3Media chief exec Steve Morrison coo Jules Burns cfo Adam Jones creative director David Liddiment staff 3236 turnover £261m profit £47m key shows The Only Way is Essex (ITV2) The Cube (ITV) Horrible Histories (BBC1)
It’s All3Media’s fourth year at the top of the Production 100 survey. The production supergroup, which comprises 20 highly regarded companies in the UK and abroad, achieved UK revenues of £261m, up from £231m last year. On screen, the group produces some of the best known shows in the UK, such as Shameless and Peep Show. All3Media enjoyed a break out hit with The Only Way Is Essex, produced by its Lime Pictures division. The show picked up a Bafta this year, as did Lion TV’s Horrible Histories and Objective’s The Cube. However, the US version of Company Pictures’ Skins was cancelled after one series by MTV after causing consternation with parents and advertisers. Key All3Media show Midsomer Murders also ran into trouble after its producer, Brian True May of Bentley, sparked a press furore with comments about the casting of the series. Off screen, All3Media has been seeking a buyer. Private equity firm Permira, which holds 50% of the business, is planning an exit and looking to achieve a target price of £750m. Various buyers have been mooted, including Sony, Time Warner and ITV. A sale would cap a remarkable run for All3Media, which has gone from blank sheet of paper in 2003, via a breathtaking series of acquisitions, to become a group with a global turnover of £393m. Since the very beginning, All3Media has followed a federal model, allowing its indies creative autonomy and their own identity. It’s a model that ceo Steve Morrison describes as matrix management: “You want the companies to be as strong and self reliant as possible – we chose them because they are that type of company.” Looking ahead, the big focus is on America with All3Media aiming to double output there to $100m this year.
All3Media’s indies include:
Bentley Midsomer Murders
Cactus The Hairy Bikers, Saturday Kitchen Live
Company Skins, Shameless, The Shadow Line
Lime The Only Way is Essex, Hollyoaks
Lion Horrible Histories, Edwardian Farm, First Light
Maverick Embarrassing Bodies, Children’s Hospital
North One The Gadget Show, Fifth Gear
Objective Peep Show, The Cube, Derren Brown
One Potato, Two Potato Gordon’s Great Escape
Optomen Heston’s Feasts, Mary Queen of Shops
Studio Lambert Undercover Boss, Notting Hill
Zoo (US) Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader?

02 Endemol

uk ceo Tim Hincks staff 291 turnover £238m commissions 76 hrs 724 hrs tx’d 1517 key shows Benidorm (ITV) The Million Pound Drop Live (C4) Stephen Hawking’s Universe (Discovery)
The Endemol Group, the largest global production organisation by revenue, has had a turbulent year, losing its chief executive Ynon Kreiz and other senior management figures while grappling with Euros 2bn of debt. In the UK, Endemol also faces one of its biggest challenges to date: attempting to resurrect Big Brother on a brand new channel this summer. But Endemol is no longer just defined by Big Brother, and now boasts a diverse slate in the UK across entertainment, factual, drama and kids. Even though it’s been a challenging 12 months for the superindie, with budgets under pressure, UK revenues are up from £225m to £238m.
Endemol’s indies include:
Remarkable Big Brother, Million Pound Drop, Pointless, Deal or No Deal, Restoration House
Initial Total Wipeout, The Whole 19 Yards
Tiger Aspect Benidorm, Secret Diary of a Call Girl Zeppotron 8 Out of 10 Cats, News Wipe
Darlow Smithson Stephen Hawking’s Universe
Tigress Nature Shock, Croc Man

03 TalkbackThames ceo Sara Geater finance director David Oldfield staff 107 turnover £145m commissions 31 hrs 395 key shows The X Factor (ITV1) Britain’s Got Talent (ITV1) Take Me Out (ITV1) The Apprentice (BBC1) Four Rooms (C4)
Part of FremantleMedia, TalkbackThames co-produces two of the biggest shows on TV, The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, with Simon Cowell’s Syco. Under new ceo Sara Geater, it’s also trying to create its very own entertainment blockbusters, investing more heavily in development. Talkback took a big knock when its long running drama The Bill was cancelled last year and it recently lost high profile head of factual features Camilla Lewis to Cineflix.

04 Hit Entertainment ceo Jeff Dunn coo Sangeeta Desai cfo Derek Irwin evp programming and production Karen Barnes evp worldwide prog distribution Alison Homewood staff 220 turnover £143.6m profit £49.9m key shows Thomas & Friends (C5) Bob the Builder (CBeebies) Angelina Ballerina (Nick Jnr)
Hit Entertainment, which owns the rights to children’s characters including Bob The Builder, Angelina Ballerina, Fireman Sam and Thomas the Tank Engine, has had a tough time in recent years struggling under a heavy debt load. Its owner, venture capital firm Apax Partners, now seems on the verge of selling Hit. As Televisual went to press, several bidders were reported to be in the running for the company with Mattel, the owner of Barbie, as well as Disney and Hasbro all cited as potential buyers. Press reports suggested that the firm could fetch up to $1.5bn. Based in London, Hit has offices in New York, Canada, Tokyo and Hong Kong - with the latter spearheading a big recent push into Asian markets where Hit characters are popular. Just 5.3% of Hit’s revenues come from TV production, with the majority derived from its rights business. Hit has invested in a new character, Mike the Knight, which is expected to roll out on CBeebies later this year.

05 Shine Group ceo Elisabeth Murdoch president Alex Mahon chief counsel Richard Parsons staff 314 turnover £132.2m commissions 66 hrs 1,010 hrs tx’d 996 key shows One Born Every Minute (C4) Got To Dance (Sky) MasterChef (BBC)
Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group sold to family owned News Corp in February for £415m, 10 years after the business was founded. In that time Shine expanded through acquisition and organically, venturing abroad to launch local versions of its own shows such as MasterChef. The UK, however, has long been the focus for its creativity. Shine’s UK revenues have leapt in the past year, up from £103m to £132m, as have global revenues which have risen from £257m to £402m. Within the UK, Kudos has enjoyed success with drama The Hour, but recently announced it was retiring long-running hit Spooks after a decade.
Shine’s indies include:
Shine TV MasterChef, Merlin, The Biggest Loser
Kudos The Hour, Spooks, Hustle, Law & Order UK
Princess The Wright Stuff, Got to Dance
Dragonfly One Born Every Minute, The Hotel
Brown Eyed Boy How Not To Live Your Life

06 Zodiak UK ceo Zodiak UK Joely Fether ceo Zodiak Media Group David Frank staff 460 turnover £132m commissions 110 hrs 805 hrs tx’d 600 key shows Being Human (BBC3) Extreme Fishing with Robson Green (C5) Sing if You Can (ITV1)
Zodiak, part of Italian conglomorate De Agostini Group, acquired pioneering UK superindie RDF Media for £150m last year, and recently bolstered its stable of production houses with the acquisition of Bwark, the outfit behind comedy hit The Inbetweeners. The Zodiak group comprises over 40 production companies active in 20 countries. UK turnover is up to £132 from £118m last year.
Zodiak UK’s indies include:
RDF Television The Secret Millionaire, Rock School
Diverse Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls, Tribal Wives
IWC Media Location, Location, Location
Bullseye Gadget Geeks, Park Fear
Lucky Day Show Me The Monet, School of Silence
Comedy Unit Rab C Nesbitt, Gary: Tank Commander
Touchpaper Being Human, Single-Handed
Presentable Make Do and Mend, The Poker Lounge
The Foundation Waybuloo, Mister Maker, Tricky TV
Cornershop, Dangerous, Mast Media

07 Shed Media ceo Nick Southgate cfo Jonathon Kemp coo Claire Hungate staff 162 turnover £111m profit £12.7m commissions 35 hrs 122.5 hrs tx’d 166.5 key shows Long Lost Family (ITV) Waterloo Road (BBC1) The Choir (BBC2)
Majority owned by Warner Bros since last summer, Shed Media’s turnover has climbed from £92.6m to £111m in the past year.
Shed Media indies include:
Shed Productions Waterloo Road
Wall to Wall Who Do You Think You Are?, New Tricks
Ricochet Cowboy Builders, Born To Be Different
Twenty Twenty The Choir, Garrow’s Law

08 Tinopolis exec chairman Ron Jones md Arwel Rees chief exec Mentorn John Willis chairman Sunset+Vine Jeff Foulser staff 450 turnover £75m key shows Question Time (BBC1) Premiership Rugby (ESPN) Japan Tsunami - How It Happened (C4)
Backed by private equity firm Vitruvian Partners, Tinopolis has struck two major deals in the North American market in recent months. The Welsh superindie acquired Sports Science maker Base Productions and Hells Kitchen USA producer A Smith & Co in transactions worth an estimated £100m. The acquisitions bring greater diversity and depth to Tinopolis, which is strong in factual through Mentorn and Pioneer, sport through Sunset + Vine and drama through Daybreak Pictures. Tinopolis’s Llanelli base houses over 150 staff, working on live broadcasts for S4C as well as having a significant interactive department.
Tinopolis’ indies include:
Mentorn Question Time, Katie: My Beautiful Friends
Daybreak Pictures Sirens, The Promise
Pioneer UFO UK, Japan Tsunami: How It Happened
Sunset + Vine Test Match Cricket, 2012 Paralympics
Fiction Factory Pen Telar, Y Pris

09 Avalon Entertainment mds Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner director of production Joanna Beresford staff 73 turnover £43m commissions 41 hrs 168 key shows Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3) Saints & Scroungers (BBC1)
Launched back in 1989, Avalon Entertainment’s business empire now spans TV production, talent management, live shows, PR and distribution. Avalon’s talent management arm represents key entertainment names, including David Baddiel, Adrian Chiles, Lee Mack, Al Murray and Frank Skinner, with its TV division making many of their shows and rights operation Avalon Distribution selling them around the world. Avalon has increased its TV production footprint, now owning a range of indies working in factual programming. The Chiswick based outfit rises one place up the Production 100, with turnover up from £35m to £43m.
Avalon Entertainment’s indies include:
Avalon TV Harry Hill’s TV Burp, Not Going Out
Liberty Bell Grumpy Old Men, Three Men In A Boat
Tinderbox Tough Gig, TV Now and Then
Flame Saints and Scroungers, Heir Hunters
Topical Real Rescues, City Hospital

10 DCD Media ceo David Green cfo John McIntosh staff 75 turnover £36.3m profit £1.35m commissions 41 hrs 137 hrs tx’d 66 key shows Penn & Teller: Fool Us (ITV1) The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (CBS TV) Misbehaving Mums To Be (BBC3)

DCD has continued to push into the US over the past year, with ceo David Green saying he plans to achieve 50% of revenues out of America by the end of 2011. By comparison, the UK market has been ‘static’ for the small superindie group with one highlight being new ITV commission Penn & Teller. Looking ahead, Green says he would like DCD, which also has active rights and publishing divisions, to “become part of something bigger”. Veteran chairman David Elstein left DCD in October, as did West Park Pictures boss Andre Singer in February.
DCD Media indies include:
Done and Dusted Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
September Films Penn & Teller: Fool Us
Prospect Shirley Bassey: A Very British Diva, Misbehaving Mums To Be
Matchlight The Great Game
West Park The Emperor’s Secret Garden

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