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Production 100 2012 Back to Reports & survey Listing

01 All3Media
chairman Steve Morrison ceo Farah Ramzan Golant coo Jane Turton cfo Adam Jones 
creative director David Liddiment
turnover £286m staff 3236
key shows Fresh Meat (C4) House of Anubis (Nickelodeon) Embarrassing Bodies (C4)

It’s All3Media’s fifth year at the top of the Production 100 survey. The production supergroup, which comprises 20 companies in the UK and abroad, achieved UK revenues of £286m, up from £261m last year. On screen, the group produces some of the best known shows in the UK, such as Fresh Meat, Embarrassing Bodies, The Only Way is Essex, Midsomer Murders and Peep Show.
Off screen, it’s been a turbulent 12 months. Private equity owner Permira pulled the sale of All3Media last September after struggling to find a buyer to pay around £750m in the midst of a difficult economic climate. Founder Steve Morrison’s presumed heir apparent Wayne Garvie quit in May to join Sony Pictures Television. Saturday Kitchen producer Cactus TV left the group after nine years, while Company Pictures founders George Faber and Charles Pattinson quit – albeit to set up a new indie within the All3Media Group. But All3Media seems set for an eventful year following the surprise and widely welcomed appointment of ad agency boss Farah Ramzan Golant as its new chief executive. The company has been focusing on growth in the US, and recently said that its digital activity will account for 11% of group profits.
All3Media’s UK indies include:
Bentley Midsomer Murders
Company Skins, War of the Roses, Truckers
Lime The Only Way is Essex, Hollyoaks
Lion Horrible Histories, Wartime Farm Farm
Maverick Embarrassing Bodies, Island Hospital
North One The Gadget Show, Fifth Gear
Objective Fresh Meat, Peep Show, The Cube
One Potato, Two Potato Hotel Hell, My Kitchen
Optomen Gordon Behind Bars, Hairy Dieters
Studio Lambert Undercover Boss, Three in a Bed

02 Shine Group
chairman Elisabeth Murdoch
ceo Alex Mahon  cfo Allison Kirkby
turnover £190.7m
commissions 58 hrs 1066.5 staff 385
key shows One Born Every Minute (C4) Merlin (BBC) MasterChef (BBC)

Now owned by News Corp, Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group – the producer of shows such as MasterChef and Merlin - has seen its UK revenues jump from £132m to £190.7m, with its indies like Dragonfly and Kudos reporting brisk business for their formats and drama respectively. As a result, Shine Group climbs from fifth to second place this year. Murdoch said recently that she was stepping back from the day to day running of Shine, which she launched in 2001, promoting Alex Mahon to chief executive. Mahon will manage Shine’s 28 companies around the world, including 11 in the UK and Shine America and The Metronome Group in Scandinavia. Meanwhile, Murdoch will concentrate on strategic opportunities. On top of TV production work, Shine has bolstered its digital actvities, acquiring gaming group Bossa Studios and online broadcaster ChannelFlip. In May, Shine signed a co-venture with Teletubbies creator Andrew Davenport to launch a kids production division. The UK has long been the focus of Shine’s creativity, with formats created here being successfully rolled out around the world through the Group’s network of companies. 
Shine Group’s UK indies include:
Kudos Film & Television Spooks, The Hour, Law & Order UK. Turnover: £56.5m. Commissions: 6. Hours: 42.5. Staff: 32
Princess Productions The Wright Stuff, Got to Dance, Something for the Weekend. Turnover: £33m. Commissions: 20. Hours: 831. Staff: 125
Dragonfly Bear Grylls Wild Weekends, One Born Every Minute, The Hotel. Turnover: £20.3m. Commissions: 21. Hours: 79. Staff: 25
Shine TV Masterchef, Merlin. Turnover: £47.8m. Commissions: 11. Hours: 114. Staff: 40

03 Endemol UK
ceo Tim Hincks md (Tigress) Dick Colthurst 
md (Initial) Laurence Jones head of drama (Tiger Aspect) Greg Brennan md (Zeppotron) Annabel Jones md (Darlow Smithson) John Richards mds (Remarkable) David Flynn, Colette Foster
turnover £187m staff 129 commissions 90 hrs 944
key shows Benidorm (ITV) Pointless (BBC) Total Wipeout (BBC)

Endemol UK is the home of six indie TV brands, which are behind some of TV’s best known entertainment shows, such as Big Brother, Total Wipeout and Deal or No Deal. Some of these are are now coming to the end of their life – the last series of Total Wipeout plays next year.  But Endemol also produces a diverse slate of shows across factual, drama and kids. Remarkable has had a busy year, while Zeppotron, Tiger Aspect, Tigress and Darlow Smithson are highly rated by rivals. In the UK, Endemol revamped its senior management team with Lucas Church promoted to chief executive after Tim Hincks was promoted to Endemol Group president. UK turnover has dropped over the last year, down from £238m to £187m.
Endemol’s UK indies include:
Remarkable Million Pound Drop, Pointless, Supersize vs Superskinny. Turnover: £55.3m. Commissions: 29. Hours: 423. Staff: 12
Total Wipeout, Big Brother. Turnover: £40m. Commissions: 14. Hours: 341. Staff: 8
Tiger Aspect Benidorm, Prisoners Wives. Turnover: £43.4m. Commissions: 21. Hours: 78. Staff: 69
Zeppotron Black Mirror, Would I Lie To You, 10’Clock Live. Turnover: £24.2m. Commissions: 10. Hours: 52. Staff: 10
Darlow Smithson I Shouldn’t Be Alive, Seconds from Disaster, Rebuilding Britain. Turnover: £18m. Commissions 10. Hours: 28. Staff: 21
Tigress Hippo: Nature’s Wild Feast, Wild Case File, Alone in the Wild. Turnover: £5.7m. Commissions: 6 Hours: 22. Staff: 9

04 Zodiak UK
ceo Zodiak UK Joely Fether
turnover £138.5m staff 460
commissions 115 hrs 900
key shows Being Human (BBC3) Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge (C5) Secret Millionaire (C4)

Zodiak is part of Italian conglomerate De Agostini Group, which acquired superindie RDF Media for £150m in 2010 and now owns a collection of 45 production companies in more than 20 countries. Headquartered in Paris and run by British indie pioneer David Frank, the global group has annual revenues close to $800m and a library totalling in excess of 15,000 hours. Zodiak has restructured its finances this year, and carried out a series of management changes in a bid to allow creativity to bubble through the company’s complex corporate structure. At the heart of Zodiak lies distribution business Zodiak Rights, run by Matthew Frank, which is responsible for taking the company’s shows like The Secret Millionaire and Being Human around the world. Zodiak Rights is also highly regarded by indies for its distribution prowess, and earlier this year signed a first look deal with UK indies Bedlam Productions and StoryVault Films. Meanwhile Touchpaper is in production on a fourth series of hit drama Being Human and Zodiak Kids, run by Nigel Pickard, has enjoyed success with a string of new commissions and reorders.
Zodiak UK’s indies include:
RDF Television The Secret Millionaire, Rock School
Bwark The Inbetweeners
IWC Media Location, Location, Location
Bullseye James Cracknell: Toughest Race on Earth
Lucky Day Show Me The Monet, School of Silence
Comedy Unit Rab C Nesbitt, Gary: Tank Commander
Touchpaper Being Human, Single-Handed
Presentable Make Do and Mend, 
The Poker Lounge
The Foundation Waybuloo, Mister Maker, Tricky TV
Red House Help! My House is Falling Down
Mast Media The Renovation Game

05 IMG Sports Media
md, sports production worldwide Graham Fry 
turnover £132.3m profit £6.4m staff 519 commissions over 50 hrs 2748
key shows Premier League coverage (Premier League) IPL Cricket (ITV4) World’s Strongest Man (C5)

IMG Sports Media makes a return to the Production 100 after an absence of two years, since when it has refocused on sports production and sold its factual and entertainment indies Darlow Smithson and Tiger Aspect to Endemol. Based in Cleveland Ohio, and with its UK HQ in Chiswick, it is part of IMG Worldwide – a global sports, fashion and media business, with nearly 3,000 employees operating in more than 30 countries around the globe. Its UK productions include the Premier League’s 24-hour, seven day-a-week international content service. It is also host broadcaster for IPL cricket, shown here on ITV4 and produces World’s Strongest Man, which airs on Five in the UK. This month, it’s also responsible, together with Sunset + Vine, for Channel 4’s coverage of the Paralympics, which is on air from 7am until 11.30pm almost every day and aims to redefine coverage of disability and sport. And, in August, IMG Sports Media won a competitive tender to produce Channel 4’s horse racing coverage with Clare Balding as the lead presenter. It is a huge production contract, with 90 days of live racing. Head of media production Tim Ball says that, despite a challenging market that has seen decreasing budgets, a decline in UK commissions, and competition from emerging markets, IMG grew in the last year, both domestically and internationally. And the indications are, he says, that IMG will continue to grow this year too. All post production is done inhouse through IMG’s Media House and international sales are also handled inhouse by IMG Media Sales. TV production accounts for 50% of IMG Sports Media’s turnover, while its rights catalague accounts for 48%.

06 Fremantlemedia UK
ceo Sara Greater md (Boundless) Patrick Holland md (Newman Street) Paul Marquess 
md (Retort) Jon Rolph md (Talkback) Dan Baldwin md (Thames) Richard Holloway
turnover £123m staff 150
key shows The X Factor (ITV1) Take Me Out (ITV1) The Apprentice (BBC1)

Formerly TalkbackThames, FremantleMedia UK is the new name for European media giant RTL’s British production subsidiary. Headed by Sara Geater, FremantleMedia UK was divided in January into a number of autonomous labels to give the company’s talent greater creative and commercial freedom. Thames, led by Richard Holloway, is the entertainment brand; Boundless, run by Patrick Holland, encompasses factual entertainment, factual features and specialist factual; Retort, run by Jon Rolph, specializes in scripted comedy; Talkback looks after comedy entertainment; and Newman Street, run by Paul Marquess, is the drama centre. Partnerships with drama companies Projector Pictures and Hillbilly TV sit alongside the labels.
Fremantle says the business climate is tough, but thinks its new set up is beginning to show dividends – it says it has launched 12 new shows in 2012. The move is also part of a determined bid to create more of its own IP, rather than produce other company’s hits – like The X Factor for Simon Cowell’s Syco. Turnover is down from £145m to £123m, and Fremantle says there is continuing pressure on margins. But Fremantle says it is positive for the year ahead: “We hope to build on the slate of new launches in 2012 and continue to innovate in new genres and business models.”
fremantlemedia UK’s indies include:
Thames The X Factor, Take Me Out, Britain’s Got Talent
Boundless The Apprentice, Grand Designs, Four Rooms, Escape to the Country
Retort Phoneshop, The IT Crowd
Talkback Celebrity Juice, QI, Never Mind the Buzzcocks
Newman Street True Crime

07 Shed Media
ceo Nick Southgate cfo Terry Downing 
coo Claire Hungate
turnover £112.4m staff 185 commissions 53 hrs 242
key shows Who Do You Think You Are (BBC1) The Choir: Military Wives (BBC2) The Bachelor (C5)

Majority owned by Warner Bros, Shed Media’s portfolio comprises a number of highly regarded indies including Wall to Wall, Twenty Twenty, Shed Productions, Renegade and Ricochet. The company has been busy on the acquisition front this year, taking a majority stake in Don’t Tell the Bride producer Renegade Pictures. The Group has also launched a brand new indie, Yalli, focused on comedy and entertainment, which is headed by Robert Gray. The move aims to fill a hole in the genre mix of Shed Group’s indies, which have traditionally been strong in factual and drama. Shed says it’s been a challenging year - with revenues just marginally up from £111m to £112m on the year - but that the outlook is positive for the year ahead. Highlights of the past year include the debut of Wall to Wall’s The Voice on BBC1 and Twenty Twenty’s The Choir: Military Wives, which spawned a Christmas number one single. The group has won 53 commissions in the UK in the last 12 months, and says that TV production accounts for 84% of turnover. Its rights catalogue - handled by Warner Bros International Television Distribution - contributes 16% of turnover.
Shed Media’s indies include:
Shed Productions/Shed Media Scotland Waterloo Road
Wall to Wall The Voice, Who Do You Think You Are?, New Tricks, The Girl
Ricochet The Bachelor, Born To Be Different, Cowboy Traders
Twenty Twenty The Choir, World’s Strictest Parents, Garrows Law, Ben 10: Ultimate Challenge
Yalli Impractical Jokers
Renegade Don’t Tell the Bride, World’s Most Dangerous Roads, Popstar to Operastar
Watershed Show Me Your Money, Coming Here Soon

08 Tinopolis
exec chairman Ron Jones md Arwel Rees
chief exec Mentorn John Willis 
chairman Sunset+Vine Jeff Foulser
turnover £80m staff 400 commissions Over 50 
hrs 3000 key shows Question Time (BBC1) The Grand National (BBC) The Promise (Daybreak)

Backed by private equity firm Vitruvian Partners,  Llanelli-based Tinopolis owns a collection of leading indie production companies in the UK and US.
Tinopolis UK’s indies include:
Mentorn Question Time, Katie: My Beautiful Friends
Daybreak Pictures The Promise, Sirens
Pioneer Deadliest Tornadoes, Disasters At Sea
Sunset + Vine The Grand National, 2012 Paralympics

09 Avalon Entertainment
mds Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner 
director of production Joanna Beresford
turnover £67m staff 84 commissions 48 hrs 184
key shows Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3) Saints & Scroungers (BBC1)

Avalon Entertainment’s business empire spans TV, talent management, live shows, PR and distribution. Avalon’s talent arm represents the likes of David Baddiel, Lee Mack, Al Murray and Frank Skinner, with its TV division making many of their shows and Avalon Distribution selling them. Turnover has jumped from £43m to £67m, with growth coming from the US and recommissions of 12 series in the UK.
Avalon Entertainment’s indies include:
Avalon TV Russell Howard’s Good News, Not Going Out
Liberty Bell Grumpy Old Men, Three Men In A Boat
Tinderbox Show & Tell Topical Real Rescues
Flame You’ve Been Scammed, Heir Hunters
Topical Real Rescues, City Hospital

10 NBC Universal /
md (Carnival) Gareth Neame 
md (Monkey) David Granger
turnover £46.65m staff 29 commissions 14 hrs 78
key shows Made In Chelsea (E4) Young Dumb and Living Off Mum (BBC3) Meet The Middletons (C4)

US studio NBC Universal owns two major indies in the UK - Carnival and Monkey. Both have had a good year, with combined revenues up from £30m to £47m. Carnival continues to enjoy acclaim for Downton Abbey, a huge hit here and in the US. Meanwhile, Monkey has seen its revenues hit £10.25m.
NBC UNiversal’s UK’s indies include:
Carnival Film and Television Downton Abbey, Whitechapel, Page Eight. Turnover: £36.4m. Commissions: 5. Hours: 31. Staff: 15
Monkey Made in Chelsea, Young Dumb and Living Off Mum, The Comedy Roasts. Turnover: £10.25m. Commissions: 9. Hours: 47. Staff: 14.

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