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  • Live and direct
    From concerts to cup finals and ceremonial occasions, live events are increasingly important to broadcasters. Tim Dams reports
  • Cutting comments
    In advance of EditFest London 2018, four editors from the worlds of live action and animation who’ve shaped films from Top Gun to Wonderwoman 
to Sweeney Todd, tell Jon Creamer what it takes to create the perfect cut
  • All the World's a stage
    …And nowhere more than the UK, where studios are coping with an unprecedented demand for studio space from TV and film productions. Pippa Considine reports
  • Let's get high
    From the shoot to final delivery, Michael Burns discovers the best route to HDR
  • Tools of the trade
    Televisual’s annual Production Technology Survey reveals the kit that producers are using to make their content – and what they think of it. Jon Creamer reports
  • Get some focus
    Major changes in the camera market have 
made lens choice more important than 
ever. Phil Rhodes runs through some of 
the best options for programme makers
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  • The art of the edit
    In advance of EditFest London 2018, four editors from the worlds of live action and animation tell Jon Creamer what it takes to create the perfect cut
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Production 100, 2013 Back to Reports & survey Listing

91=. Touch/Can
Touch chief executive Malcolm Brinkworth, CAN production director David Wooster
turnover £3m staff 15 hrs 41
key shows Wimbledon in 3D (BBC), I Human (3Net)

91=. Pilot
md Ian Cross head of sales Eileen Pesah
turnover £3m profit £400k staff 9 hrs 32
key shows Globe Trekker, Around the World, Planet Food

91=. Thumbs Up
md Marty Redman, head of development TJ Sherbrooke, head of production George Wong
turnover £3m staff 4 hrs 26
key shows Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model (Sky Living) Morgan Spurlock’s New Britannia (Sky Atlantic)

94. Brook Lapping
chairman Brian Lapping executive producers Norma Percy, Dinah Lord
turnover £2.9m staff 10 hrs 13
key shows The Iraq War (BBC2), The Australian Wine Revolution (BBC4), Murdoch (ITV1)

95=. 3DD Productions
ceo Dominic Saville, coo Jennifer Bentley, head of documentary series Lyndy Saville
turnover £2.8m profit £5k staff 4 hrs 55
key shows London Live (C4) Discovering Music

95. =Retort
md Jon Rolph, head of production Carlene King
turnover £2.8m staff 3 hrs 7
key shows The Revolting World of Stanley Brown (CBBC)

97. Saltbeef
md Jeremy Salsby series editor Fiona Walmsley executive producer Jed Leventhall production manager Sarah Scully
turnover £2.6m staff 2 hrs 33
key shows Friday Download (CBBC), Christmas Download (CBBC)

98=. Rize USA
creative director Sheldon Lazarus director of productions Elaine Day
turnover £2.5m staff 6 hrs 9
key shows The Curious Case of the Clark Brothers (C4), A Very British Wedding (BBC2)
Launched at the end of 2011, Rize USA is a London and LA-based television production company that is a co-venture between creative director Sheldon Lazarus and DCD Media. Focusing on factual, factual entertainment and reality programming, it’s won over £2.5m of new business from UK and international broadcasters including
the six part High School Moms for TLC and Discovery Fit & Health (US) and the four part A Very British Wedding for BBC2. One-offs include Channel 4’s The Alps Murders, as well as shock docs The Girl Who Became Three Boys and The Twins Who Share a Body.

98=. Quicksilver
managing director Eamonn Matthews head of production Natalie Triebwasser
turnover £2.5m staff 3
key shows Unreported World (C4), Syria: Behind the Lines (WGBH/C4) Family Guys? What Sitcoms Say About America Now (BBC2)
From a small Oxford office, Eamonn Matthews’ Quicksilver Media’s main focus is on current affairs. The indie produces Channel 4’s Unreported World strand alongside docs that send filmmakers into some of the most dangerous and inaccessible places on earth – such as Syria: Behind the Lines and Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown. And it makes them, says Matthews, because 24-hour rolling news coverage can’t get under the skin of a story the way a tailored documentary can. Quicksilver has picked up a string of Baftas, Emmys, RTS Awards and Griersons for its work.

100. Back2Back
managing director David Notman-Watt head of production Fiona Fletcher creative director Benedetta Pinelli
turnover £2.47m staff 12 hrs 25
key shows Bizarre Burials (C5), Lily Cole’s Art Matters (Sky Arts), Shaun Ryder on UFOs (History), Jews on Bikes (Sky Atlantic)
Brighton-based Back2Back has delivered its highest turnover to date this year, and secured two series with the Discovery Channel as well as a number of orders from Sky - the most high profile being Lily Cole’s Art Matters. The indie, which is chaired by former ITV director of television Simon Shaps, also hired creative director Benedetta Pinelli from Sky. Operations director Rebecca Notman-Watt says the business climate has been challenging as Back2Back has traded through a major loss due to a large creditor going unexpectedly bankrupt. However, she adds that “we are still on course to post significant year on year growth.” Other credits for the year include Channel 5’s Bizarre Burials, Sky Atlantic’s Jews on Bikes, Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson: Rock Icon, and The Royals for Content. Back2Back makes 70% of its revenues from production for UK broadcasters, 5% for international broadcasters, and 25% from rights income.

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