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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

41 Splash Media joint mds Jane Lush, Fernia Vardanis finance and commercial director Clare Nicholls head of factual Michael Massey staff 10 turnover £6.1m profits £204k commissions 5 key shows Candy Cabs (BBC1) Win a Dream Life (BBC2) Great British Hairdresser (E4)
Splash branched into scripted programming for the first time this year, with its debut comedy Candy Cabs launching on BBC1. Established back in 2006 by senior BBC execs Jane Lush and Fernia Vardanis, Splash’s traditional focus has been factual and entertainment programming.

42 Magnum Media joint mds Andy Auerbach, Dean Nabarro staff 4 turnover £6m commissions 4 hrs 16 hrs tx’d 16 key shows Chris Moyles Quiz Night (C4) When Moyles Met The Radio 1 Breakfast DJs (BBC2)

43 Keo Films md Zam Baring creative director Andrew Palmer exec prod/director Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall staff 36 turnover £5.9m profit £500k commissions 11 hrs 17.5m hrs tx’d 20.5 key shows Welcome to Lagos (BBC2) Hugh’s Fish Fight (C4) Amish: World’s Squarest Teenagers (C4)

44 Baby Cow Productions chairman Steve Coogan ceo Henry Normal creative director Armando Iannucci staff 12 turnover £5.77m profit £1.4m key shows Ideal (BBC), The Shadow Line (BBC), Chekhov Shorts (Sky Arts)

45 Electric Sky md David Pounds staff 10 turnover £5.76m commissions 11 hrs 58 hrs tx’d 109 key shows Britain’s Fattest Man (C4) First Love (Sky) Vampire Island (History)

46 Off The Fence ceo Ellen Windemuth coo Darrel James md UK Allison Bean staff 45 turnover £5.35m commissions 9 hrs 63 hrs tx’d 50 key shows Stan Lee’s Superhumans (History Channel US, Discovery), Wildest Africa (Arte, Discovery), Slave Ship Mutiny (PBS, Arte)

47 October Films md Denman Rooke creative director Adam Bullmore head of production Jane Manning staff 12 turnover £5.1m commissions 15 hrs 69 hrs tx’d 257 key shows Rude Tube (C4), Sun, Sea, A+E (Bravo), Tormented Lives (BBC2)

48 Outline Productions md Laura Mansfield md Helen Veale head of features and factual Bridget Bosely staff 11 turnover £5.1m commissions 7 hrs 39 hrs tx’d 37 key shows Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance Series 2 (C4) Emergency with Angela Griffin (Sky 1) The Great British Food Revival (BBC2)
Outline says the past year has varied between exciting in terms of new opportunities and tough in terms of the general business climate. In spite of this tough climate, Outline has managed to get a range of formats greenlit from broadcasters such as Sky, C4 and BBC2. “We feel very bullish and excited about the coming year,” says md Laura Mansfield.

49 Wag TV md Martin Durkin head of production Steven Green executive producer Will Hicklin staff 10 turnover £4.6m profit £480k commissions 10 hrs 30 hrs tx’d 20 key shows The Sex Researchers (C4) Ancient X Files (Nat Geo) How Do they Do It? (Discovery)

50 True North Productions creative directors Jess Fowle, Andrew Sheldon, Glyn Middleton staff 13 turnover £4.2m commissions 26 hrs 168 hrs tx’d 93 key shows Dick ‘n’ Dom Go Wild (CBBC) Britain’s Underworld (Nat Geo) Real Crime: Death on Duty (ITV1)

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