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    Tim Dams introduces Televisual’s exclusive Production 100 survey of the indie television sector, now in its 26th year, and finds the rise of the streamers is creating opportunity –but also plenty of anxiety. The report includes the top 100 indies, the
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    Three cities are still in the running for the new out-of-London Channel 4 HQ and three for the two creative hubs. The indies in those cities say the potential prize is immense. Jon Creamer reports
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Production 100, 2013 Back to Reports & survey Listing

31. Zeppotron
mds Peter Holmes, Ruth Phillips, creative director Ben Caudell
turnover £19.3m hrs 51
key shows Ten O’Clock Live (C4), 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4), Would I Lie To You? (BBC1), Black Mirror (C4) 
Comedy and entertainment indie Zeppotron is part of the Endemol stable. Highlights include winning its first Sky commission, A Touch of Cloth and converting its 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown mash-up into a full series. Md Peter Holmes says a key challenge is “ensuring that new shows are being developed when we are at full stretch on existing productions,” and he plans to expand Zeppotron’s development team. He says the outlook is good: “We are already scheduling space for our returning key shows and have both scripted and entertainment formats in solid stages of development with all major channels.”

32. Maverick
ceo Jim Sayer creative director, digital Dan Jones, director of programmes Ben Gale
turnover £18.1m, staff 48 hrs 49
key shows Embarrassing Bodies (C4), Kids with Tourettes (ITV), Superhuman Showdown (Discovery), Island Hospital (ITV) 
All3Media-owned Maverick is best known for its Embarrassing Bodies franchise. It’s also recognised for its digital production expertise and, almost uniquely among indies, earns a healthy 22% of its revenues from digital (versus 57% for UK TV production, and 21% from rights income). Based in Birmingham and with an office in Euston, it’s also opened an office in the US. “We expect to see significant growth in this area,” says financial director Alex Coffey. Predominently a factual producer, Maverick has also broken into the entertainment genre this year, with new commission Was It Something I Said?, hosted by David Mitchell. Maverick has also picked up a number of orders from Discovery.

33. Firecracker
ceo Mark Soldinger, md Sue Oriel, 
head of programmes Jes Wilkins
turnover £17.8m staff 24 hrs 48
key shows Unsafe Sex In The City (BBC3), Thelma’s Gypsy Girls (C4), Married To The Moonies (C4)

34. Dragonfly
md Simon Dickson, creative director Mark Raphael
turnover £16m staff 20 hrs 63
key shows One Born Every Minute (C4), What Happens In Kavos (C4), The Plane Crash (C4), People Like Us (BBC3)

35. Zig Zag
ceo Danny Fenton Coo Kevin Utton

turnover £15.2m
staff 20 hrs 90
key shows 40 Year Old Virgins (C4)

36. Neal Street
company directors film and tv Pippa Harris, Sam Mendes, Nicolas Brown head of theatre, Caro Newling head of production Milly Leigh
turnover £15m staff 8 hrs 20
key shows Call The Midwife (BBC1), The Hollow  Crown (BBC2)

37. Ricochet
ceo Nick Emmerson,  md Joanna Ball

turnover £14.2m staff 37
hrs 73 key shows The Bachelor (C5), Cowboy Builders (C5), Food Unwrapped (C4), Britain’s Empty Homes (BBC1)

38. Boom Pictures
md Nia Thomas
turnover £14.1m
key shows The Real White  Queen and Her Rivals (BBC2), Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature (BBC1), Arctic with Bruce Parry (BBC2)

39=. Pioneer
md Kirstie McLure, head of production Nikki Tilley
turnover £14m hrs 75
key shows Inside My Mind (BBC3), World’s Weirdest Weather (C4), How Sex Works (BBC3), Britain’s Worst Weather (C4)

39=. So Television
company directors Graham Stuart, Graham Norton, Jon Magnusson, 
head of production Rebecca Cotterill
turnover £14m staff 12 hrs 31
key shows The Graham Norton Show (BBC1), The Sarah Millican Television Programme (BBC2)

39=. Betty
ceo Liz Warner, creative director Walter Iuzzolino
turnover £14m staff 30 hrs 60
key shows Heston’s Fantastical Foods (C4), The Undateables (C4), Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (C4), The Food Inspectors (BBC1)
Owned by broadcaster Discovery, Betty has seen its turnover leap this year from £9m to £14m. CEO Liz Warner says one of the year’s highlights was seeing C4 series The Undateables achieve four million viewers – “the holy grail of ratings and reputation.” Betty is rated by its peers too, with one rival saying it’s “run by real creatives.” Warner says the prospects look good for the year ahead. “We have far more returning series as a business bedrock, we have really upped our documentary expertise and moved into new genres such as history and specialist factual.”

39=. Rondo
chairman Robin Evans, ceo Gareth Williams, finance director Alywyn Davies
turnover £14m staff 62 hrs 342
key shows  The Indian Doctor (BBC1), My Tattoo Addiction (C4), Rownd a Rownd (S4C)
Welsh indie Rondo won a third series of its BBC1 drama The Indian Doctor this year, and has picked up a series commission from C4 on the back of its single documentary My Tattoo Addiction. Rondo also won a drama development contract from C4 and has been commissioned to produce a comedy drama series for S4C, as well as continuing to make Welsh-language youth drama series Rownd a Rownd for the broadcaster. Chief executive Gareth Williams adds that Rondo has also invested £650k in a new post production, office and studio facility in Caenarfon and Cardiff.

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