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Production 100, 2013 Back to Reports & survey Listing

1. IMG Productions
md, sports production worldwide Graham Fry turnover £136.3m profit £1.95m staff 434 hrs 3400 key shows Paralympics and Horse Racing (C4), Snooker World Championship (BBC), Champions League Show (ITV/Sky Sports), World’s Strongest Man (C5)

Sports producer IMG comes out on top of this year’s Production 100 on the back of a turnover of £136.2m. IMG’s credits include a huge array of sports – from the Premier League to the BBC Football League Show, C4 Racing, BBC darts and snooker, the Wimbledon world feed and work for FIFA and UEFA.
With over 70 contracts, IMG is also host broadcaster for IPL Cricket, the European Tour, and the New York Marathon as well as the golf operation through European Tour Productions. And it’s the owner of classic formats World’s Strongest Man and Superstars.
Based in the UK, IMG Sports Media is part of IMG Worldwide, the US sports agency founded over 50 years ago by the late Mark McCormack. IMG Worldwide is now owned by Forstmann Little and Co – which is in the process of selling the business. Formerly known as TWI, the TV sports arm has existed since the 1960s. With some 400 staff and generating over 10,000 hours of content a year, it’s one of the largest divisions within IMG Worldwide. Its base is in London, with offices in New York, Sydney, Singapore, Glasgow, Stockholm and Oslo.
The biggest of IMG’s contracts is for production for overseas rights holders for the Premier League. IMG takes in all the host coverage of the League from Sky, the BBC and, this year, BT. It then customises each match, adding commentary, graphics and highlights. International broadcasters can take individual matches or IMG’s content service, which is in effect a 24/7 Premier League channel that includes live news, talk shows, highlights and archive games
IMG suffered a blow this year when it lost out on producing its Premier League coverage for ESPN. When BT picked up the rights, it appointed rival indie Sunset + Vine for the job. Md Graham Fry is diplomatic, saying it has come after a period of sustained success for IMG and is part of the cyclical nature of sports production. And, he adds, it came as IMG picked up one of its biggest deals – to produce C4’s horse racing. “This time last year, we couldn’t have imagined producing the Derby, the Grand National, Royal Ascot and Cheltenham.”

2. Thames
md Richard Holloway head of entertainment  Suzy Lamb
director of production Dean Jones
turnover £89.6m staff 26 hrs 211
key shows The X Factor (ITV1), Take Me Out (ITV), Britain’s Got Talent (ITV), All Star Family Fortunes (ITV)

Entertainment juggernaut Thames is the largest label in the Fremantle stable, producing many of ITV’s biggest hits – including The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent which it makes with Simon Cowell’s Syco. Run by veteran entertainment producer Richard Holloway, Thames produces 196 hours of entertainment shows as well as 15 hours of daytime in the form of 1001 Things You Should Know for Channel 4.

3. Remarkable
mds Colette Foster, Nick Mather 
head of production Susan King
turnover £70.5m staff 15 hrs 617
key shows Deal Or No Deal (C4), The Million Pound Drop Live (C4), Snog, Marry, Avoid? (BBC3), Secret Eaters (C4), Pointless (BBC1)

Remarkable, part of Endemol UK, makes many of the UK’s best known entertainment and factual formats, from Deal or No Deal, The Million Pound Drop to Snog, Marry, Avoid? Mds Colette Foster and Nick Mather say the outlook for the year ahead is “positive”, and they’re hoping to see the benefits of a focused development period working on new formats for gameshows and features programmes.

4. Lime Pictures
mds Kate Little, Claire Poyser head of drama Rebecca Hodgson head of continuing drama Bryan Kirkwood head of non scripted Derek McLean
turnover £60m staff 321 hrs 212
key shows Hollyoaks (C4), The Only Way Is Essex (ITV), Geordie Shore (MTV)

Liverpool-based Lime is All3Media’s biggest indie, producing the long-running Hollyoaks and blazing a trail in scripted reality with TOWIE and Geordie Shore. It’s recently made a successful move into kids TV with House of Anubis for Nickelodeon. Joint mds Kate Little and Clare Poyser say the highlight of the past year has been securing several development deals with US broadcasters.

5. Carnival Films
md Gareth Neame 
coo David O’Donoghue
turnover £52.7m
profit £17m staff 21 
key shows Downton Abbey (ITV), Whitechapel (ITV1),
The Last Weekend (ITV)

Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films, a subsidiary of NBC Universal, has had a great year, with revenue shooting up from £36.4m to £52.7m amid global acclaim for its Julian Fellowes-scripted drama. Md Gareth Neame says the business climate is “gradually improving” and that the outlook for the year ahead is “strong.” Carnival makes 45% of its revenues from TV production, the rest from its rights catalogue.

6. Twofour
ceo Charles Wace md Melanie Leach
creative director Andrew Mackenzie
turnover £47.3m staff 107 hrs 229
key shows Britain’s Biggest Hoarders (BBC1), Happy Families (ITV), Splash! (ITV), The Hotel Inspector (C5), Bradley Wiggins: A Year in Yellow (Sky)

Twofour is the largest ‘true’ independent to feature in the Production 100, in that it’s not part of superindie group. The Plymouth-based indie has had a sterling year, with revenues rising from £35.4m to £47.3m. In production, it has had its busiest year to date, producing more than 200 hours in the UK. It’s also opened an LA office, aiming to transfer its formats to the US market.

7. Wall to Wall
ceo Alex Graham md Richard Thomson creative director Leanne Klein 
turnover £47m
staff 46 hrs 81
key shows The Voice UK (BBC1),
Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1),
New Tricks (BBC1)

Part of the Shed Media Group, which is owned by Warner Bros, Wall to Wall is one of the most highly regarded names in TV production, achieving the indie holy grail of producing long running, popular brands in all the key genres – from drama (New Tricks), entertainment (The Voice UK) to factual (Who Do You Think You Are?). It’s also done well with new shows The Girl and Long Lost Family.

8. Initial
md Laurence Jones 
creative director Nick Samwell-Smith
turnover £45.8m staff 8 hrs 323
key shows Big Brother (C5), The National Lottery Draws (BBC1), Your Face Sounds Familiar (ITV), Paddy and Sally’s Excellent Gypsy Adventure (C5)

Initial, part of the Endemol UK stable, has enjoyed something of a revival in fortunes for its Big Brother format. Md Laurence Jones says one of his highlights of the year was CBB and BB helping C5 take on C4 in the ratings. He also points to “the renewal of our contract to televise the National Lottery Draws and bringing our international hit Your Face Sounds Familiar to ITV.”

9. Tiger Aspect
md Sophie Clarke-Jervoise  
head of drama Will Gould
turnover £45m staff 59 hrs 75
key shows Bad Education (BBC3), My Mad Fat Diary (E4), Panorama: Immigration Uncovered (BBC1), The Removal Men (C5)

Diversified and with a long production pedigree,  Tiger Aspect has a new md Sophie Clarke-Jervoise who has sought to make the company’s departments work more closely. New projects include Ripper Street, which was greenlit for a second series while still on air. It has sold in 120 territories. Comedy series Bad Education also debuted strongly on BBC3.

10. Shine TV
creative director Kelly Webb-Lamb 
head of programming Tim Whitwell
turnover £44m
staff 32 hrs 172
key shows MasterChef (BBC), Merlin (BBC1), Britain’s Best Bakery (ITV), Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew (Sky)

The biggest indie in the Shine Group collection of indies, Shine TV produces the perennially popular MasterChef which it has successfully exported to a myriad of other countries. However, Shine drama Merlin was cancelled late last year after five series, amid great protest from fans who said the show was improving every series. Shine makes 70% of its revenues from production for UK broadcasters.

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