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December 2017

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  • The Televisual Commercials 30
    Jon Creamer introduces Televisual's exclusive annual report, the Commercials 30, and finds that while budgets are down and production companies are under threat from agency in-house units, commercials producers are finding new horizons beyond ads too.
  • Commercials 30: Best in Show
    Commercials producers also get to vote for their favourite directors, stand out ads and top rated agencies along with their favourite post houses, editors and vfx ops. We reveal the results
  • Commercials 30: The Top 30
    Televisual reveals the Commercials 30 itself, the 30 top rated commercials production companies in the UK
  • Music in Motion
    So what’s next for the music behind the commercials? Will it be another year in the ascendant for London Grime perhaps? Portugese house? Afro beats or the Angolan kuduro sound?
  • Televisual Factual Festival report
    Last month saw Televisual's annual Factual Festival return to Bafta. How to stand out in a world of ever increasing viewer choice was the big theme this time. Tim Dams reports
  • Alison Kirkham in interview
    At the Televisual Factual Festival, the BBC's controller of factual Alison Kirkham outlined the shows the corporation is looking for in the year ahead
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  • 2017: the year in review
    Two very different stories – the rise of SVOD players and the Harvey Weinstein abuse allegations – defined TV’s year. Tim Dams reports
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Production 100 2011 Back to Reports & survey Listing

21 = Impossible Pictures creative director Tim Haines md Jonathan Drake executive producer Sophie Gardiner staff 20 turnover £13.5m commissions 8 hrs 45 hrs tx’d 23 key shows Primeval (ITV1) Digging for Britain (BBC2) Buzz and Tell (CBeebies)

Impossible Pictures is soon to celebrate its tenth birthday. In that time, it has cemented its reputation as a producer of big budget factual shows with impressive visual effects as well as pushing into drama and kids production. 2011 has been a good year at the indie: it is now producing Sky’s most expensive drama to date, the 13x60-min Sinbad, which is currently shooting in Malta. Impossible has also managed to get a big animation project off the ground, Fleabag Monkeyface for CITV. Also on the order book are several factual shows including a centenary special on the Titanic presented by Len Goodman, a U Boats series for BBC2 plus a second run of BBC2’s Digging for Britain. The hallmark of an Impossible show, says creative director Tim Haines, is “ambition and quality.” Impossible Pictures’ UK indies include: Firestep (Impossible Kids) Fleabag Monkeyface 360 Production Digging for Britain

21 = Raw TV md Dimitri Doganis head of UK factual Lucy Willis head of production Piers Vellacott staff 12 turnover £13.5m commissions 11 hrs 61 hrs tx’d 26 key shows Neighbourhood Watched (BBC), Banged Up Abroad (Nat Geo) Gold Rush - Alaska (Discovery US)

Raw TV is another big climber in the Production 100, jumping up from 32nd place last year to 21st this year. Turnover now stands at £13.5m - up from £7.9m last year. Launched back in 2001, it works for a raft of broadcasters in the UK and US including the BBC, C4, C5, CBS, A&E, Discovery and Nat Geo. Its focus on factual and factual entertainment shows is epitomised by series such as Banged Up Abroad and Neighbourhood Watched. Raw says the business climate has improved over the last year, even though budgets remain low. Looking ahead, a key challenge is “managing growth” - and the outlook for the next 12 months is “robust and growing.” Some 65% of Raw’s turnover comes from TV production, while 15% derives from its rights catalogue, 10% from new media and another 10% from film production. The indie picked up 11 commissions over the past year, making 61 hours of programming in all. Raw has 12 full time staff.

23 Zig Zag ceo Danny Fenton coo Kevin Utton head of development Sam Rogerson staff 20 turnover £12.5m commissions 15 hrs 60 hrs tx’d 27 key shows Freddie Flintoff Versus The World (ITV) Back On The Job (ITV) Most Shocking Moments (BBC)

Zig Zag co-founders Danny Fenton and Kevin Utton retook control of their indie production company last year just nine months after selling to French production group Banijay Entertainment. The Clerkenwell based indie specialises in factual, entertainment and sports programming such as ITV’s Freddie Flintoff Versus The World.

24 Pulse Films ceo Thomas Benski head of production Marisa Clifford head of TV Jilly Pearce staff 42 turnover £12m commissions 8 hrs 34 hrs tx’d 34 key shows Louie Spence’s Showbusiness (Sky1) A Different Breed (Sky1)

25 Input Media executive chairman David Wood director of content and development Neil Oughton staff 127 turnover £11.5m profit £45.5k commissions 11 hrs 1346 hrs tx’d 1070 key shows World Indoor Bowls Championships 2011 (BBC) UEFA Europa League Highlights (C5, ESPN)

26 = Big Talk Productions ceo Kenton Allen md Matthew Justice producer Nira Park staff 20 turnover £11m commissions 8 hrs 26.5 hrs tx’d 11 key shows Rev (BBC) Him & Her (BBC) Friday Night Dinner (C4)

26 = Parthenon ceo Carl Hall director of production Danny TIpping staff 51 turnover £11m profit £2m commissions 12 hrs 30 hrs tx’d 40 key shows Mystery Files (Nat Geo) Viking Wilderness (Animal Planet US) Indian Tiger (Nat Geo)

28 Fresh One Productions md Roy Ackerman head of operations Jo Ralling managing executive producer Zoe Collins staff 10 turnover £10.5m commissions 7 hrs 42 hrs tx’d 42 key shows 30 Minute Meals (C4) Jonathan Dimbleby’s African Journey (BBC2) Dream School (C4)

29 Red Production chief exec Nicola Shindler md Andrew Critchley turnover £10m key shows Single Father (BBC1), Scott & Bailey (ITV1), Bedlam (Sky Living)

30 Atlantic Productions ceo/creative director Anthony Geffen md Claudia Perkins staff 25 turnover £9.3m commissions 15 hrs 20 hrs tx’d 45 key shows Flying Monsters 3d (Sky 3D) David Attenborough’s First Life (BBC) The Wildest Dream (Theatrical Release)
Factual indie Atlantic says it has thrived in the past year by seeking out new opportunities, particularly in the 3d and theatrical spaces. This has been best reflected in its acclaimed production Flying Monsters 3d with David Attenborough that has played on Sky 3d and in cinemas. See Anthony Geffen interview on page 10 for more details.

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