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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

Below is a list of true indies. They are companies that are truly independent – they are not owned by a larger group, private equity company or US studio. Run by their owners, the true indies are entrepreneurial in spirit and often highly creative.

They’re also a dwindling bunch in an industry that has become even more consolidated in the past year.

The list is topped by Hat Trick, which was bought back by its management in 2009 after an unhappy spell under private equity ownership. The ‘true indie’ list includes some of the fastest growing companies in the sector, including Hartswood, Neal Street, Red Planet, Off the Fence, Keo, True North, Spun Gold, Blink, Icon Films, Arrow Media, Drama Republic, Raise the Roof, Blue Zoo and Outline.

The list also includes some of the most highly regarded companies in the sector – certainly amongst their peers. Outline, Keo, Baby Cow, Plum, Arrow, True Vision and Neal Street were all highly rated in the Production 100 Peer Poll. The credits of true indies is impressive too and include: Sherlock (Hartswood), Uncle (Baby Cow), David Attenborough’s First Life (Atlantic), The Honourable Woman (Drama Republic) and Live From Space Season (Arrow Media).

Many of them feel disadvantaged compared to producers that are part of deep pocketed superindie groups. They say that, by comparison, they lack ready access to capital to grow, particularly to invest in development.




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