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December 2017
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  • The Televisual Commercials 30
    Jon Creamer introduces Televisual's exclusive annual report, the Commercials 30, and finds that while budgets are down and production companies are under threat from agency in-house units, commercials producers are finding new horizons beyond ads too.
  • Commercials 30: Best in Show
    Commercials producers also get to vote for their favourite directors, stand out ads and top rated agencies along with their favourite post houses, editors and vfx ops. We reveal the results
  • Commercials 30: The Top 30
    Televisual reveals the Commercials 30 itself, the 30 top rated commercials production companies in the UK
  • Music in Motion
    So what’s next for the music behind the commercials? Will it be another year in the ascendant for London Grime perhaps? Portugese house? Afro beats or the Angolan kuduro sound?
  • Televisual Factual Festival report
    Last month saw Televisual's annual Factual Festival return to Bafta. How to stand out in a world of ever increasing viewer choice was the big theme this time. Tim Dams reports
  • Alison Kirkham in interview
    At the Televisual Factual Festival, the BBC's controller of factual Alison Kirkham outlined the shows the corporation is looking for in the year ahead
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  • 2017: the year in review
    Two very different stories – the rise of SVOD players and the Harvey Weinstein abuse allegations – defined TV’s year. Tim Dams reports
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Production 100, 2014 Back to Reports & survey Listing

There’s been a spate of deal-making over the past year in the UK production sector, which has seen global media groups become key players in the industry.

Discovery has emerged as a major force in UK production. The US broadcaster teamed with Liberty Global in May for the £550m purchase of All3Media Group, and separately acquired Raw TV in March. Meanwhile, 21st Century Fox and private equity group Apollo are combining their superindies – Shine, Endemol and Core Media – into one major group. Sky, which is 39% owned by 21st Century Fox, also acquired Love Productions this summer.

Elsewhere, Warner Bros Television Group took full control of the Shed Media Group in June, rebranding as Warner Bros Television Productions. Sony has extended its UK business, backing Karl Warner’s new indie Electric Ray. Other major foreign buyers include France’s StudioCanal, which acquired drama producer Red (which did not file for the Production 100 this year). And US talent agency William Morris Endeavour took over sports producer IMG.

ITV has followed on last year’s acquisitions of Big Talk and The Garden by focusing on the international market, buying US producer Leftfield Entertainment in May to add to its other US indies. ITV Studios’ global revenues for 2013 were £857m. However, ITV did not file for the Production 100 as it does not break down the turnover of its individual units.

Other significant deals this year include the merger last October of Twofour Group and Boom Pictures, as well as Argonon’s acqusition of respected factual producer Windfall Films in February.







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