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  • The Facilities 50
    Jon Creamer launches Televisual's 31st exclusive annual Facilities 50 survey featuring the top post production houses in the UK and 48 pages of analysis of the sector
  • The Commercials 30
    Jon Creamer introduces Televisual’s exclusive Commercial 30 survey, reporting on a year of highs and lows for commercials producers.
  • The Drama Genre Report
    With competition from streamers intensifying, UK broadcasters are exploring new drama strategies. Tim Dams reports
  • Primary Colours
    Five leading movie colourists tell Michael Burns the secrets of their craft, and explain the techniques they use to grade movies like The Danish Girl, Peterloo and Baby Driver
  • Up, up and away!
    Thanks to advances in camera technology, the possibilities of aerial filming are greater than ever before. Pippa Considine reports on some of the year’s standout aerial projects
  • OB: Which Way Now
    The OB industry is embracing major change as it adapts to the worlds of UHD, HDR and IP. Michael Burns 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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