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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
  • The Art of the Vfx Super
    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

81. Reef
md Richard Farmbrough, director of production Paul Hanrahan
turnover £4m profit £300k staff 10 hrs 34
key shows Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (BBC), The Story of Now (ITV) Britain’s Hidden Heritage (BBC1)

82. Remedy
md Juliet Borges, creative director Ted Hill

turnover £4m staff 30 hrs 1130
key shows The Radio 1 Teen Awards (BBC2), Freshly Squeezed (C4), MTV Charts (MTV)

83. Green Inc
md Stephen Stewart creative director Chris Jones head of production Helen Murray
turnover £3.96m staff 8 hrs 11
key shows Monumental (BBC1 NI), Keeping The Castle (BBC NI)

84. Power
ceo Susan Waddell, cfo Jacques Liebenberg
turnover £3.9m profit £1m staff 16 hrs 49
key shows Air Force One is Down, End of the The World

85. Pacific
md Rachel Purnell, creative director Olivia Grove, head of production Carl Green
turnover £3.86m staff 5 hrs 5
key shows Cooking Christmas (Food Network)

86. Boomerang
md Gareth Rees, creative director Dylan Wyn Davies

turnover £3.8m
key shows The Clare Balding Show (BT Sport) GT Academy (ITV4) Jon Snow’s Paralympic Show (C4) Tales of Friendship (Disney Junior)

87. Rollem
md Kay Mellor business manager Sian Palfrey
turnover £3.7m profit £108k staff 2 hrs 6
key shows The Syndicate (BBC1)
Based in Leeds, Rollem is run by well-known writer Kay Mellor. The second six-hour series of Rollem’s latest drama The Syndicate played on BBC1 in the spring – and the format rights for the series, about a group of lottery winners, have been picked up by Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks for a US version for ABC called Lucky 7. Rollem has also been commissioned to produce a new BBC1 6x60-min drama called In The Club, set around an antenatal class, which will air next year. Mellor received an OBE for services to drama in 2010, and has won BAFTA nominations for Band of Gold, Playing the Field and Fat Friends.

88. Blast! Films
director Edmund Coulthard head of production Claire Bosworth head of factual Alistair Pegg
turnover £3.6m profit £115k staff 15 hrs 28
key shows 999: What’s Your Emergency (C4), The Route Masters: Running London’s Roads (BBC2)
Blast! Is one of the pre-eminent names in documentary production in the UK. Rivals cite its “landmark series and clever twists on ideas” and “great variety and high standards.” Much of Blast!’s reputation comes from its ob docs about national institutions, such as Coppers (C4) and The Tube (BBC2). Recent series include ITV’s Neighbourhood Force. Blast! has recently been commissioned by National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) to make a two-hour doc about former US president John F Kennedy.

89. Wild Pictures
creative director Paul Hamann, head of development Susanne Curran
turnover £3.5m staff 9 hrs 14
key shows Fraud Squad (ITV1), Pensioners Behind Bars (ITV1), Dirty Britain (ITV1), Trouble Abroad (ITV1), Allotment Wars (BBC1) The Zoo (ITV1), Her Majesty’s Prison: Aylesbury (ITV1)
Wild Pictures was founded in 2006 by the former BBC head of documentaries and history, Paul Hamann. The indie has had a very strong year, producing a string of high profile documentaries for ITV. Hamann says a highlight of the year was Wild Pictures’ prison series Her Majesty’s Prison: Aylesbury winning an audience of 6.5m. It was the fourth in Wild’s series on prisons, following films on Strangeways, Holloway and Wormwood Scrubs. The business climate, he adds, is “frankly pretty encouraging – broadcasters are now ringing us.” Wild has also hired two new executive producers this year, and head of development Susanne Curran.

90. Tigress
md Dick Colthurst head of production Fiona Marsh
turnover £3.3m hrs 22
key shows Edward VIII: The Lion King (C4), Hippo: Nature’s Wild Feast (C4/Animal Planet), Naked And Marooned With Ed Stafford (Discovery)

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