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  • The Facilities 50
    Jon Creamer launches Televisual's 31st exclusive annual Facilities 50 survey featuring the top post production houses in the UK and 48 pages of analysis of the sector
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    Jon Creamer introduces Televisual’s exclusive Commercial 30 survey, reporting on a year of highs and lows for commercials producers.
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    With competition from streamers intensifying, UK broadcasters are exploring new drama strategies. Tim Dams reports
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    Five leading movie colourists tell Michael Burns the secrets of their craft, and explain the techniques they use to grade movies like The Danish Girl, Peterloo and Baby Driver
  • Up, up and away!
    Thanks to advances in camera technology, the possibilities of aerial filming are greater than ever before. Pippa Considine reports on some of the year’s standout aerial projects
  • OB: Which Way Now
    The OB industry is embracing major change as it adapts to the worlds of UHD, HDR and IP. Michael Burns reports
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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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