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  • The Production 100
    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
  • The Genre report: Factual TV
    Demand for factual is growing as channels fight ever harder for audiences. Televisual Factual Festival producer Pippa Considine reports
  • All the Fun of the Fair
    ITV and Amazon’s new Vanity Fair adaptation demanded a period drama with a modern sensibility. But how was that balancing act achieved? Jon Creamer reports
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    Creativity, tech know-how and a cool head are essential attributes for a vfx supervisor. Three top supers tell Jon Creamer how they help create screen magic
  • Channel 4's big move
    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
  • IBC preview
    IBC is a great place to check out both new launches and to get your hands on something already announced at NAB. Here’s a small taste of what’s likely to be on offer
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Production 100, 2013 Back to Reports & survey Listing

61. Red Planet
md Tony Jordan, executive producer Belinda Campbell, head of development Simon Winstone
turnover £7.7m profit £88k staff 8 hrs 8
key shows Death In Paradise (BBC1)

62. Monkey Kingdom
md David Granger, creative director Will Macdonald, exec producer Sarah Dillistone turnover £7.5m staff 12 hrs 35
key shows Made In Chelsea (E4), Summer Daze (C4), First Time Farmers (C4)

63. Victory
md Victoria Ashbourne, head of production Annie King
turnover £7.4m staff 8 hrs 40
key shows Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (ITV1), Five Minutes To A Fortune (C4), Football’s Suicide Secrets (BBC3)

64. Icon Films
creative director Harry Marshall md Laura Marshall director of production Andie Clare
turnover £6.9m staff 79 hrs 32
key shows The One Show (BBC1), The Hunger (Nat Geo), River Monsters (ITV), Leopards: 21st Century Cats (BBC2)
Bristol-based Icon Films has grown rapidly in recent years, expanding its natural history reputation into popular factual, documentary and daytime and working for a broad range of broadcaster clients in the UK and the US. Shows like Animal Planet’s River Monsters perform strongly internationally, and sum up Icon’s ability to make popular natural history for UK and global audiences. Other examples include Nat Geo’s Wild Scene Investigates. Icon’s global reach is reflected in the fact that it now makes 41% of its revenues from international TV production.

65. Spun Gold
md Nick Bullen, director of finance Simon Gray
turnover £6.5m profit £206k staff 7 hrs 113
key shows The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV1), Swimming With Monsters (Discovery Int), Love Your Garden (ITV1)
Spun Gold is best know from producing the long-running Alan Titchmarsh Show, delivering 100 hours of the show in the past year. The indie has sought to broaden beyond The Alan Titchmarsh Show and also break into the US market, producing shows such as Swimming with Monsters for Discovery and Jennifer Saunders Back in the Saddle for ITV. Finance director Simon Gray says: “Much effort has been put into diversifying our commissioning base in the UK and abroad while at the same time consolidating our existing relationships.”

66. Gogglebox
mds Adam Wood, Mat Steiner, head of production Frances Peters
turnover £6.2m staff 7 hrs 58
key shows Plain Jane (MTV int), Breakaway (BBC2), The Ideas Exchange (BBC World/Bloomberg),
Gogglebox is a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television, working across a range of genres such as daytime (producing 40 hours of BBC2’s Breakaway), and entertainment (making 12 hours of Plain Jane for MTV which has just been renewed for a third series) and specialist factual (The Ideas Exchange for BBC World/Bloomberg). Md Adam Wood says highlights of the year include establishing returning formatted series and making inroads into the US.

67. Oxford Film & TV
creative director Nick Kent, head of drama Mark Bentley, head of production Annie Lee
turnover £6.1m profit £500k staff 15 hrs 21
key shows Our Queen (ITV), The Last Days Of Anne Boleyn (BBC2)

68. October Films
md Denman Rooke, creative director Adam Bullmore, head of production Matt Robins
turnover £6m staff 15 hrs 43
key shows World War Two From Space (History Channel), Young Margaret: Life, Love & Letters (BBC2) 

69. Raise the Roof
md Jane Muirhead, creative directors Sarah Walmsley, Andrew Jackson
turnover £5.9m profit £650k staff 12 hrs 39
key shows Kirstie’s Vintage Home (C4), Phil Spencer Secret Agent (C4)

70. Silver River
ceo Daisy Goodwin md Samantha Lawrence, exec producer Ash Potterton
turnover £5.6m staff 17 hrs 20
key shows How The North Was Built (ITV), Nick and Margaret: We All Pay Your Benefits (BBC1)

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