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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
  • The Commercials 30
    Jon Creamer introduces Televisual’s exclusive Commercial 30 survey, reporting on a year of highs and lows for commercials producers.
  • The Drama Genre Report
    With competition from streamers intensifying, UK broadcasters are exploring new drama strategies. Tim Dams reports
  • Primary Colours
    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, 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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