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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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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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