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21. Sunset+Vine
ceo Jeff Foulser
turnover £25m hrs 1200
key shows London Paralympic Games (C4), Cricket On Five (C5), Dubai World Cup (BBC)
Sports producer Sunset+Vine, part of the Tinopolis Group, secured one of the largest contracts in sports television when it won a competitive pitch in May to produce BT Sports football and rugby coverage. Sunset+Vine saw off six other companies to win the £100m contract. Chief executive Jeff Foulser says: “We have a reasonable track record of taking on quite big things – whether the Paralympics, The Grand National or Channel 4 cricket. We have got an understanding of what BT are going through – and their need to deliver an impressive offering from day one.” Sunset+Vine was one of the two production companies behind C4’s seminal Paralympics coverage, which won the broadcaster a BAFTA. Sunset+Vine also has a strong reputation in ad funded programming.

22. Mammoth Screen
mds Michele Buck, Damien Timmer director of production & finance Jon Williams
turnover £24.6m staff 15 hrs 28
key shows Blandings (BBC), Parade’s End (BBC2), Best Possible Taste (BBC4), Monroe (ITV), Falcon (Sky)

23. Optomen
md Pat Llewellyn creative director Sue Murphy
turnover £24.3m staff 46 hrs 135
key shows Great British Menu (BBC2), Gordon Behind Bars (C4), Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home (C4), Cookalong Christmas (C4), Gok Cooks Chinese (C4)

24. Boundless
md Patrick Holland head of production Esther Johnson
turnover £23.8m staff 27 hrs 130
key shows The Apprentice (BBC1), Grand Designs (C4), Escape To The Country (BBC) , Four Rooms (C4)

25. Talkback

md Dan Baldwin head of production Beatrice Gay
turnover £22.9m staff 12 hrs 50
key shows QI (BBC1), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC1), Celebrity Juice (ITV2), Britain Unzipped (BBC3), Lemon La Vida Loca (ITV2)

26. Red Production
exec producer Nicola Shindler md Andrew Critchley
turnover £22m profit £3.4m staff 16 hrs 33
key shows Last Tango In Halifax (BBC1), Scott and Bailey (ITV), Heading Out (BBC2), Bedlam (Sky Living)

27. Big Talk
ceo Kenton Allen md Matthew Justice
turnover £21.3m staff 20 hrs 28
key shows Friday Night Dinner (C4), The Town (ITV1), The Job Lot (ITV1), Him & Her (BBC3), Young Doctor’s Notebook (Sky Arts)

28. Bentley
md Jo Wright head of development Tom Winchester head of finance Meredith Wilson 

turnover £20.4m  staff 5 hrs 8
key shows Midsomer  Murders (ITV1)

29. Mentorn
ceo John Willis finance director Jennifer Roberts creative director Mark Roberts
turnover £20m hrs 120
key shows Fried Chicken Shop (C4), Question Time (BBC1), Traffic Cops (BBC1) Greggs (Sky1)

30. North One
ceo Neil Duncanson, director of production Andrew Simmonds
turnover £19.3m staff 33 hrs 81
key shows Fifth Gear (C5), The Gadget Show (C5), Isle of Man TT Races (ITV), Gadget Man (C4)
Part of the All3Media Group, North One’s origins lie in sports production but it has diversified since launching in 1990, producing a broad range of entertainment and factual shows, often with a sports and technology angle. Director of production Andrew Simmonds says highlights of the year include producing C4’s How Britain Worked and Gadget Man series, and seeing a 20% increase in viewing figures on ITV4 for the Isle of Man TT Races. He adds that North One sees overseas production, particularly in the US, and distribution as key growth areas. North One was host broadcaster for London 2012 Olympics sailing.

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