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  • Live and direct
    From concerts to cup finals and ceremonial occasions, live events are increasingly important to broadcasters. Tim Dams reports
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    In advance of EditFest London 2018, four editors from the worlds of live action and animation who’ve shaped films from Top Gun to Wonderwoman 
to Sweeney Todd, tell Jon Creamer what it takes to create the perfect cut
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    …And nowhere more than the UK, where studios are coping with an unprecedented demand for studio space from TV and film productions. Pippa Considine reports
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    From the shoot to final delivery, Michael Burns discovers the best route to HDR
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    Televisual’s annual Production Technology Survey reveals the kit that producers are using to make their content – and what they think of it. Jon Creamer reports
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made lens choice more important than 
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A spate of indie acquisitions this year suggests that buyers still see the potential for future growth in the UK independent production sector.Significant deals of the past 12 months include:

- US toy firm Mattel bought Hit Entertainment for £427m in October 2011.
- Sony Pictures Television International acquired Daisy Goodwin’s Silver River Productions in February, and is reported to be buying leading drama indie Left Bank.

- Shed Media took a majority stake in Don’t Tell the Bride producer Renegade Pictures in March.

- Germany’s Red Arrow Entertainment Group acquired Nerd TV in May, its fourth UK owned indie.

- BSkyB acquired producer-distributor Parthenon Media Group in July to form the basis of its new inhouse distribution operation.

- Former TalkbackThames boss Lorraine Heggessey led an MBO of Cardiff-based Boomerang Plus in July in a £7.1m deal that saw it delist from the stock market.

- Media management firm James Grant Group bought Ant and Dec indie Gallowgate in March.

- Discovery snapped up Beauty and the Beast producer Betty in November.

- Factual producer Touch Productions merged with 3d specialists Can Communicate.

However, the biggest news in the indie sector in the past 12 months was about a deal that didn’t happen. The sale of number one superindie All3Media was pulled by private equity owner Permira last September after buyers were put off by a price tag reported to be in the region of £770m amid fears of continuing economic slowdown.

Other investors in the production sector include former Princess Productions founder Sebastian Scott, whose production hub Predictable Media has backed three start up indies - Superhero TV, Mox and Room 414. Big Brother creator John de Mol also said he planned to launch a UK based indie this year.

The UK production sector experienced a frenzy of deal-making and acquisitions after the Communications Act of 2003. This ran out of steam in 2008/9 in the wake of the credit crunch, and began to pick up again last year.



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