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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

61 Thumbs Up Productions md Marty Redman head of development TJ Sherbrooke head of production George Wong staff 6 turnover £3m commissions 3 hrs 30 hrs tx’d 30 key shows Britain’s Next Top Model (Living) School Mum Makeover (Bio) My Big Fat Operation (Bio)

62 Walsh Bros. md John Walsh producer David Walsh staff 7 turnover £2.98m profit £1.7m commissions 6 hrs 23 hrs tx’d 11 key shows ToryBoy (indie doc. feature) Toy Soldiers (BBC) Sofa Surfers (BBC)

63 Coolabi ceo Jeremy Banks director of content Michael Dee head of development and production Zoe Scurfield turnover £2.9m key shows Poppy Cat (Nick Jr), Dead Gorgeous (CBBC/ABC)

64 Hartswood Films exec producer Beryl Vertue producers Sue Vertue, Elaine Cameron general manager Debbie Vertue staff 7 turnover £2.8m commissions 2 hrs 5.5 hrs tx’d 4.5 key shows Sherlock (BBC1)

65 CicadaBellwether

md Malcolm Neaum head of production Christian Holland staff 6 turnover £2.6m commissions 5 hrs 15.5 key shows Cats From the Clouds (Nat Geo) Immortal Pets (TLC) Great Animal Breakout (Animal Planet)

66 Pacific md Rachel Purnell creative director Olivia Ball head of production Carl Green staff 6 turnover £2.55m commissions 3 hrs 20 hrs tx’d 10 key shows Nigella Kitchen (BBC) Baking Made Easy (BBC) Barefoot Contessa (Food Network USA)

67 Blast! Films company director Edmund Coulthard head of production Claire Bosworth head of factual Alistair Pegg staff 10 turnover £2.5m commissions 15 hrs 32 hrs tx’d 10 key shows Coppers (C4) On the Streets (BBC4) Lennon Naked (BBC4)

68 Quicksilver Media md Eamonn Matthews editor Unreported World George Waldrum head of prod Natalie Triebwasser staff 5 turnover £2.4m commissions 9 hrs 17.5 hrs tx’d 14 key shows The Battle for Haiti (C4), Secret Iraq (BBC2), Unreported World (C4)

69 Blue-zoo head of production Adam Shaw head of development Oli Hyatt head of technology Tom Box staff 12 turnover £2.3m profit £475k commissions 3 hrs 14 key shows Kerwhizz (BBC) Get Squiggling (BBC) Alphablocks (BBC)

70 Kindle

www.kindleentertainment director Anne Brogan director Melanie Stokes staff 5 turnover £2.25m profit £149k commissions 81 hrs 23.5 hrs tx’d 15 key shows Leonardo (BBC) Harry Potter: Behind the Magic (ITV) Some Dogs Bite (BBC) Kindle was the Bafta Kids Production Company of the year in 2010, and is co-producing Sky’s highly antipated drama Treasure Island starring Eddie Izzard. Other highlights of the past year for the company run by Anne Brogan and Melanie Stokes include the 13-part kids drama Leonardo and 52 part commission Dinopaws. Despite these achievements, Kindle says the business climate has “never been tougher. Licence fees are being squeezed and the work of securing funding from other sources becomes increasingly onerous.” Some 84% of Kindle’s revenues come from TV production, with 7% from rights and 9% from new media. Other commissions this year include a third series of CBeebies’ Big & Small.

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