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December 2017

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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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Production 100 2012 Back to Reports & survey Listing

31 So Television
directors Graham Stuart, Graham Norton, Jon Magnusson head of production Rebecca Cotterill turnover £11.95m profit £1.3m staff 11 
commissions 4 hrs 24
key shows The Graham Norton Show (BBC1)
Sorry I’ve Got No Head (CBBC)

So Television, set up by Graham Norton and Graham Stuart in 2000, has been buoyed by the ongoing success of The Graham Norton Show, and has just wrapped its 11th series. So also launched The Sarah Millican Show this year. The challenge, says head of production Rebecca Cotterill is “to maintain our existing formats and develop new ones.”

32 Mammoth Screen
mds Michele Buck, Damien Timmer 
director of production & finance Jon Williams
turnover £11.71m staff 17 commissions 6 hrs 24.5
key shows Endeavour (ITV) Monroe (ITV) Primetime (BBC NI)

33 Input Media

executive chairman David Wood md Neil Oughton
turnover £11.05m staff 125 commissions 18 hrs 2650
key shows World Indoor Bowls Championships (BBC) UEFA Europa League Highlights (UEFA, C5, ESPN) FA Cup Final Super Signal (The FA)

34 CPL Productions
md Danielle Lux creative director Murray Boland director of production Heather Hampson
turnover £10.68m profit £78k staff 10 commissions 5 hours 35
key shows A League of their Own (Sky1) Mr and Mrs (ITV1) Wall of Fame (Sky1)

35 Baby Cow Productions
director Steve Coogan  ceo Henry Normal
financial director Jonathan Merrell
turnover £10.63m staff 13 commissions 12 hrs 25.5 
key shows Starlings (Sky1) Moone Boy (Sky1) Hunderby (Sky Atlantic)

36 Atlantic Productions
ceo/creative director Anthony Geffen
md Claudia Perkins
turnover £10.56m staff 25
commissions 15 hrs 29
key shows Kingdom of Plants 3D with David Attenborough (Sky) The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest (BBC) Cradle of the Gods (Nat Geo)

37 Love Productions
creative director Richard McKerrow
creative director Anna Beattie
head of production Letty Kavanagh
head of finance Mark Rochell
turnover £10.3m
staff 18
commissions 16 hrs 54
key shows The Great British Bake Off (BBC2)
Make Bradford British (C4)
Famous, Rich and in the Slums (BBC1)

38 Off The Fence
ceo Ellen Windemuth coo Darrel James
md, production Allison Bean
turnover £9.65m staff 50 commissions 9 hrs 50
key shows Stan Lee’s Superhumans (History Channel US, Discovery), Wildest Latin America (Arte, Discovery), Obese and Expecting (pilot)

With its main HQ in Amsterdam, Off the Fence has a significant production presence in Bristol where it produces factual shows for a number international broadcasters like AETN, Discovery and National Geographic. Off the Fence specialises in natural history, science, health, adventure, history and social documentaries.  45% of Off the Fence’s turnover comes from production, and 55% from distribution. 

39 Ten Alps
chairman Peter Bertram fd Nitil Patel 
exec producers (Blakeway) Denys Blakeway, 
Karen Edwards ceo (Films of Record) Roger Graef 
md (Below The Radar) Trevor Birney 
chairman (Brook Lapping) Brian Lapping
turnover £9.53m profit £555k staff 33 
commissions 39 hrs 56.5
key shows Lucian Freud: Painted Life (BBC2) Great Ormand Street Hospital (BBC2) In Your Corner (BBC) The Hunt for Bin Laden (ITV1)

40 Hartswood Films
chairman Beryl Vertue
producers Sue Vertue, Elaine Cameron 
general manager Debbie Vertue
turnover £9.4m staff 8 commissions 3 hrs 8
key shows Sherlock (BBC1) Coma Girl (C4)

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