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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, 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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