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  • Genre report - Entertainment and comedy
    In a two-part special, Tim Dams reports on TV’s fresh focus on entertainment, and new directions in comedy
  • The art of cinematography
    Four leading DoPs tell Michael Burns the secrets of their craft, and explain the techniques they used to create hits like Jason Bourne, The King’s Speech, Lion and Sherlock
  • The Top Ten Cameras
    Televisual’s annual survey reveals the UK’s most hired cameras of the year and uncovers the models everyone will be shooting on in the year ahead
  • TV Studios
    The television studios sector is in flux, amid a spate of closures and re-developments. Pippa Considine reports on a changing studios landscape
  • Take it outside
    Major technical advances such as UHD, HDR and IP are driving big changes in the outside broadcast market. Michael Burns reports
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    This issue also features the Televisual Corporate 50, bright ideas for lighting, how post houses are dealing with the data bulge and pages showcasing the best creative work in UK post and vfx
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  • Game On for C4 & Netflix drama
    Set in the world of computer gaming, C4 and Netflix’s Kiss Me First combines live action and impressive cg animation. Tim Dams reports
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Production 100 2012 Back to Reports & survey Listing

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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