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Production 100, 2014 Back to Reports & survey Listing

Which are the most admired indies in television? The peer Poll reveals the 10 production companies that are most respected by their rivals, based on votes and feedback to the production 100. this year, Love productions takes the top spot

1. Love Productions
Love Productions storms to the top of the Peer Poll, on the back of a year that’s seen it produce bona fide hits The Great British Bake Off through to Benefits Street. Capping it all, the indie engineered its sale to Sky too.
Rivals cite Love’s “range”, “high audience-winning popular programming” and for “presumably banking a small fortune from Sky.”

2. Twofour
Educating Yorkshire producer Twofour climbs from eigthh to second place.
“Educating Yorkshire was a TV highlight of the last year,” notes one rival. Another votes for Twofour for “constantly thinking big and winning business”, and others cite its “ability to secure commissions and deliver reliably.”

3=. The Garden
Last year’s number one in the Peer Poll, The Garden takes third equal place in 2014.
The 24 Hours in A&E producer is rated for “consistently producing high quality, original content,” and for “clever spins on factual resulting in big returning series.” Now part of ITV Studios, “it has style and is commercially savvy.”

3=. Kudos
Utopia and The Smoke producer Kudos makes another strong showing in the Peer Poll.
Rivals pick out Kudos “for its phenomenal content, attracting the best talent in the industry, and pioneering scripted formats.” Others say Kudos is “commerical and mainstream, with good production values.” “It’s constantly achieving quantity and quality,” adds another.

5. Windfall
The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway, Monster Moves, Murder Trial and Born in the Wild producer Windfall takes fifth place once again.
“Windfall consistently makes good programmes,” says one rival. “It produces quality TV,” adds another. Windfall is also described as “consistently inventive” and “clever and creative.”

6= Studio Lambert
The indie is variously described as “a brilliant creative force” with “consistently ground breaking ideas.” Another indie says: “Gogglebox continues to be our favourite thing on TV.” One simply remarks: “Gogglebox!! Genius innovation.”

6=Raw TV
Gold Rush producer Raw TV sold earlier this year to Discovery.
“Good on them for selling to Discovery – great shows, high production values, nice people and clever business model,” says one rival. Raw TV is also cited “for its success in the US market” and “innovative returnable formats and film-making.”

8=Keo Films
River Cottage and Scandimania producer Keo is consistently voted onto the Peer Poll. 
Rivals vote for it  this year for its “award winning programmes and documentaries.” The indie’s Welcome to...(Lagos, Rio) strand showcases its “brilliant production” skills. Others rate Keo for its “consistency” and “still being an indie” and for its “diversification”.

Outline makes its debut in the Peer Poll, propelled by shows such as Great British Garden Revival, Health Freaks, Tom Kerridge Proper Pub Food and Million Dollar Intern.
Rivals describe Outline as “a well managed indie, which has won some great factual and features commissions in 2013/14.” Its shows are “clever, sassy and have a point of view”.

8=Wall to Wall
Who Do You Think You Are?, The Voice and New Tricks producer Wall to Wall is another Peer Poll regular.
Fellow indies vote for Wall to Wall “for bringing factual programming into the mainstream, without compromising quality” and for “always being so creative.”

Just outside the top ten
Red Production also scores highly in the Peer Poll, voted in for its strong slate of dramas including the acclaimed Happy Valley, Prey and Last Tango in Halifax.  The indie’s year was capped with a sale to StudioCanal.

Rev and Friday Night Dinner producer Big Talk is also voted for by many indies for its “clever shows” and “quality of output.”

Meanwhile, Strike Back producer Left Bank is cited for “the quality of its drama” and for being “always fresh and original.” Uncle and The Trip to Italy producer Baby Cow  wins plaudits for its “fantastic scripted output” and “original programming.”

And Plum Pictures  (George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces) is rated for its intelligent populist TV.”

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