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    Hiring top talent and investing heavily in development have been key to growing his Bristol indie Plimsoll Productions, says founder Grant Mansfield
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Corporate 50 2014 Back to Reports & survey Listing

01
Imagination
imagination.com
Ceo and global creative director 
Douglas Broadley
Credits
Range Rover Sport Reveal for Jaguar Land Rover; SMAX concept brand film for Ford; Fresh Eyes for Ford
It was another big year for the mega shop that is Imagination. Its 2013 ended pretty well as it had the contract to run Sydney’s New Year’s celebration show. The company picked up four Eventia Awards during its year too and created some stand out work including a 3D recreation of Edward Hopper’s Night Hawks in New York’s Flatiron Building for The Whitney Museum of American Art. Imagination is best known for its automotive work though and did plenty of that incuding roping in Daniel Craig to help with Range Rover Sport Reveal for Jaguar Land Rover and it created the augmented reality experience at the Land Rover Visitor Centre in Solihull.


02
Jack Morton  
jackmorton.com President EMEA Julian Pullan
Credits
Through the Line for Cannes Lions; Angry Birds GO! for Rovio; Evolution for Lundbeck             
Jack Morton picks out its Cannes Lions doc and its film for Angry Birds maker Rovio as highlights. The agency says that while it’s always “been known for producing high-end big budget films, we are becoming more attracted to low-fi approaches” and is “excited about the creative possibilities of motion graphics and new ways of story-telling opening up with different styles of design and animation.”


03
The Edge  
edgepicture.com
Executive director Phil Blundell
Credits
12:29 for BA; Speak Up for UK Power Networks; Cyber Security. Evolved for Deloitte 
and Symantec
The Edge says it’s grown this year and has concentrated on competing “creatively at a lower cost but also to continue winning the higher budget films.” And that’s helped by development “in the kit sector allowing us to get shots on cheaper budgets that would have previously been impossible.”

04
DRP Group  
drpgroup.com Md Dale Parmenter
Credits
Monthly Briefing for Sainsburys; Dealers’ Conference for JCB; Worcester Bosch Corporate website for Worcester Bosch Group
There were some big changes at the DRP Group at the very beginning of 2014 with the announcement it had bought Des Good’s Grosvenor TV (the outfit will continue to operate under its own brand). DRP group md, Dale Parmenter said, “This is a very exciting time for our video division. Grosvenor joining the DRP family will allow us to significantly bolster our offering in London.”

05
Pretzel Films  
pretzelfilms.com
Md PJ Bickford
Credits
Waterschool for Swarovski; JeepDog for Jeep; Bangladesh for Primark.
Pretzel’s highlights include moving out of Soho to Bermondsey “halving our rents allowing us not to increase our fees to clients for 2014/15” as well as director Jake Dypka “winning silver at the Young Director Award at Cannes.” Pretzel also started up its own broadcast division in 2013 with Rival Media’s Steve Wynne at the helm.


06
RADLEY YELDAR
ry.com Md Carl Radley
Credits
Heroes for Unilever; It’s Easier to LeasePlan for LeasePlan; Welcome to Access Prepaid for Mastercard
Radley Yeldar says that a big positive in the past year has 
been “being approached by 
several of our main competitors’ clients who are looking for a 
more joined-up digital / film offer” that it can provide. It says it’s noticed an upswing in demand for “short animated films” and that there’s more money made available for “longer form documentary style projects.”

07
Twofour  
twofour.co.uk
Md Twofour Digital Mark Hawkins
Credits
Events, video production and digital for VW; Video production for BBC Worldwide; Events, video production for HSBC
It’s been a big year for Twofour Digital as the wider Twofour Group (that also contains Twofour Broadcast and Twofour Rights) was bought by superindie Boom Pictures, the outfit set up by ex BBC1 controller Lorraine Heggessey and Welsh indie Boomerang.

08
Casual Films
casualfilms.com Md Barnaby Cook Cd Nick Francis
Credits
Together Commerce Animation for The Frameworks / Toshiba; Onboarding: Build Your Network for PwC; The Casual Films for CoppaFeel/The Living Wage/Street Souls
“We finish the year far stronger than we started it,” says Casual.  “The company had grown very quickly and was a bit unstable as a result – we’ve now consolidated our structure and cut out some of the unnecessary costs.”


09
Merchantcantos  
merchantcantos.com Managing partner Richard Carpenter Md Toby Low
Credits
HSBC Now for HSBC; The Mark Cutifani Video Diaries for Anglo American; Open Minds 2 for PwC
Growth has been the watchword for the past year, says Merchantcantos with “88 new clients with video at the heart of their requirements; the development of existing clients on to cross-channel projects and campaigns; expansion into New York and Hong Kong as well as consolidating our offer in Dubai; a 45% increase in revenues and over 60 new people joining the team.”


10
BDA Creative
bdacreative.com
Md Honor Barratt
Credits
Bank of the Future for Barclays; Journeys Film for Holocaust Memorial Day Trust; Wadswick Green marketing campaign for Rangeford
Founder Bruce Dunlop left the agency last year and it refocussed on “branding, strategy, content and campaigns,” it says. “We’ve won some exciting cross-agency projects that validate that shift” with new clients including “TUI, Deutsche Bank, DHL and American Express.”


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