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11. Kudos
kudosproductions.co.uk
ceo Jane Featherstone
coo Dan Isaacs
turnover £43.5m staff 31 hrs 39
key shows Broadchurch (ITV), 
Utopia (C4), Mayday (BBC1), The Hour 2 (BBC2)

Kudos, part of the Shine Group, has enjoyed an extraordinary run this year, producing some of the most acclaimed, distinctive dramas on TV – from Broadchurch, through to Utopia, Mayday and The Hour 2. Chief operating officer Dan Isaacs says he sees lots of opportunity producing for international broadcasters as the global market for English language drama content opens up further.

12. Studio Lambert
studiolambert.com
ceo Stephen Lambert president SL USA Eli Holzman head of production Jo Crawley
turnover £40.9m staff 38 hrs 48
key shows Undercover Boss (C4), Gogglebox (C4), Girlfriends (ITV2), Four in a Bed (C4)

The All3Media-owned Studio Lambert has blazed a trail in the United States with commissions like Undercover Boss and Million Second Quiz for CBS, and now earns an impressive 62% of its revenues from TV production for international broadcasters and 27% from international rights income. Just 8% comes from UK production. Key UK shows include C4’s Gogglebox and Four in a Bed.

13. Company 

companypictures.co.uk
md John Yorke  
turnover £39.9m
staff 27 hrs 56
key shows Wild at Heart (ITV), Shameless (C4), Skins (E4), Inspector George Gently (BBC1), Secret State (C4), Beaver Falls (E4)

It’s a year of transition for veteran drama indie Company Pictures, part of the All3Media empire. Business has been challenging following the loss of key returning series Wild at Heart, Shameless and Skins. Founding managing directors George Faber and Charlie Pattinson, who launched the business in 1998, also left for pastures new.  Highlights included commissions The White Queen and The Village.

14. Hat Trick 

hattrick.co.uk
md Jimmy Mulville
turnover £36.4m
staff 55 hrs 67
key shows Have I Got News For You? (BBC1), Room 101 (BBC1), The Revolution Will Be Televised (BBC3), Dinner Date (ITV), Spy (Sky)

Rivals say that Hat Trick balances “ambition and niceness”. It’s also got impressive staying power too, having been founded in 1986 by Jimmy Mulville, Denise O’Donoghue and Rory McGrath and producing long-running hits Have I Got News for You? and Room 101. A true independent, Hat Trick had an unhappy spell under private equity ownership but bought itself back in 2009. Since then it has grown in leaps and bounds, with turnover almost doubling to £36.4m. Hat Trick is a diverse business, producing across comedy, drama, entertainment and factual. Like many other indies, it has also benefited from Sky’s decision to increase its UK production spend, producing a second series of the Bafta-winning Spy.

15. Left Bank Pictures 

leftbankpictures.co.uk
ceo Andy Harries
md Marigo Kehoe
turnover £36m staff 24 hrs 31
key shows Jason Manford’s Little Cracker (Sky), Loving Miss Hatto (BBC1), Wallander (BBC1), DCI Banks (ITV), Mad Dogs (Sky), Strike Back (Sky)

Left Bank was snapped up by Sony last year, bringing with it a large portfolio of drama hits including Wallander, DCI Banks, Mad Dogs and Strike Back. Left Bank has produced 29 hours of drama in the past year, with Sky an important customer. Revenues have dipped from £45m to £36m over the past year.

16. Objective

objectiveproductions.com
ceo Andrew Newman 
mds Paul Sandler, Michael Vine
turnover £35m staff 80 hrs 125
key shows Peep Show (C4), Fresh Meat (C4), Derren Brown (C4), Meet The Parents (E4), Doorstep Crime 999 (BBC), Secret Princes (BBC3)

From its heartland in comedy and magic, Objective has built out a diversified portfolio of highly regarded shows that spans entertainment (The Cube), comedy drama (Fresh Meat) and daytime (Face the Clock). Finance director Stuart Duthie says Objective has seen most growth from multichannel broadcasters “who are looking to licence more quality programmes” like The Incredible Mr Goodwin for UKTV and Breaking Magic for Discovery.

17. Raw TV
rawtelevision.co.uk
Founder Dimitri Doganis md Piers Vellacott creative director Bart Layton head of UK factual Lucy Willis
turnover £34m staff 38 hrs 102
key shows The Town That Caught Tourette’s (C4), Endurance In The Wake of Shackleton (Discovery), Gold Rush (Discovery)

Raw TV has had yet another stellar year, with turnover almost doubling to £34m. The indie has enjoyed success in the US with Discovery hit Gold Rush, and now earns 78% of its revenues from overseas productions. Raw also earned creative kudos this year with its first ever theatrical doc The Imposter. Raw is highly regarded by its peers, coming second in the Peer Poll. One rivals calls Raw a “strong, innovative producer who undertands the US market.”

18. Princess

princesstv.com
ceo Henrietta Conrad 
turnover £32.8m
staff 120 hrs 717

key shows The Wright Stuff (C5), Got To Dance (Sky1), iTunes Festival (C4), The Love Machine (Sky LIVING), Sunday Brunch (C4)
Part of the Shine Group, Princess is the entertainment hub of the group. It’s behind Sky’s key entertainment show Got To Dance as well as Channel 5 staple The Wright Stuff and C4’s Sunday Brunch. Run by co-founder Henrietta Conrad, it earns 97% of its revenues from UK television production.

19. Lion TV

liontv.com
mds Shahana Meer, Richard Bradley, Nick Catliff, Jeremy Mills
turnover £28m staff 75
hrs 148
key shows Homes Under The Hammer (BBC1), 16 Kids And Counting (C4), Eddie Izzard’s Mandela Marathons (Sky1), Wartime Farm (BBC2)

An All3Media company, Lion is perhaps best known for its specialist factual output like Wartime Farm and kids series Horrible Histories. But it also has plenty of returning series that act as a bedrock for the company in genres such as entertainment and daytime, including Homes Under The Hammer (it’s recently produced series 16 and 17). Lion cites key highlights as Wartime Farm, expansion at Lion TV Scotland and growth in its kids output.

20. Baby Cow 

babycow.co.uk
director Steve Coogan ceo Henry Normal financial director Jonathan Merrell
turnover £27.4m staff 18 hrs 28
key shows Starlings (Sky), Alan Partridge: Welcome To The Places Of My Life (Sky), Common Ground (Sky)

Comedy producer Baby Cow has seen its turnover nearly treble in the past year, thanks to a strong run of commissions from Sky including Starlings and Common Ground as well as Alan Partridge movie Alpha Papa (which topped the UK box office in its opening weekend). Rivals cite Baby Cow’s “amazing track record with scripted comedy.” Baby Cow also has its own animation division, and a Manchester offshoot too.

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