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    Televisual invited leading drama heads of production to discuss how their role is changing as more and more ambitious scripted projects are made
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    In a two part special on live production, Michael Burns finds out how major events, from the Royal Wedding to the World Cup, were brought to screen and also looks into remote production as more live shows make use of the innovative technology
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    Televisual’s exclusive annual survey of the UK’s corporate communications business. How was 2018 for the sector?
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Production 100, 2014 Back to Reports & survey Listing

1. IMG Productions
(William Morris Endeavour)
md, production worldwide Graham Fry
svp global director of engineering and technology David Shield
turnover £170m staff 432 hrs 5,160
key shows Barclays Premier League, World’s Strongest Man (C5), Snooker (BBC), Football League Show (BBC1)

Sports producer IMG tops the Production 100 for the second year in a row on the back of a turnover of £170m – up from £136.2m last year.
IMG’s credits include a huge array of sports, from C4 horse racing, the BBC Football League Show, BBC snooker, the Wimbledon world feed to the World’s Strongest Man.
But IMG’s biggest contract is to produce the Barclays Premier League for overseas rights holders. IMG takes in all the host coverage of the League from Sky, the BBC and BT. It then customises each match, adding commentary, graphics and highlights. International broadcasters can take individual matches or IMG’s content service, which is in effect a 24/7 Premier League channel that includes live news, talk shows, highlights and archive games.
The UK production arm is part of talent representation and sports marketing giant IMG Worldwide, which represents clients such as Taylor Swift, Gisele Bundchen and Novak Djokovic. IMG Worldwide was sold last December by its private equity owner Forstmann Little for $2.3bn to US talent agency giant William Morris Endeavor, which looks after stars such as Oprah Winfrey and Christian Bale.
Formerly known as TWI, IMG’s TV sports arm has existed since the 1960s. Employing 432 staff, it’s produced over 5,000 hours of sport over the past year – much of it from its new, purpose built studio facility in Stockley Park. The facility houses four studios, 13 production galleries, 72 edit suites as well as four sound dubbing suites.
Managing director of production worldwide Graham Fry says business has been “reasonably strong” in the past year, particularly in the international market. But, he adds, it’s been tough in the UK, pointing to pressure on production fees, few live sport commission opportunities, consolidation of the OB resources market and downward pressure on funding.

2. Thames
md Richard Holloway head of entertainment Suzy Lamb
director of production Dean Jones
turnover £86.6m staff 21 hrs 172
key shows The X Factor (ITV), Take Me Out (ITV), Britain’s Got Talent (ITV), All Star
Family Fortunes (ITV)

Entertainment juggernaut Thames is the largest label in the Fremantle stable, producing many of ITV’s biggest hits – including The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent which it makes with Simon Cowell’s Syco. Run by veteran entertainment producer Richard Holloway, Thames produces 157 hours of entertainment shows as well as 15 hours of daytime in the form of 1001 Things You Should Know.

3. Carnival
(NBC Universal)
md Gareth Neame coo David O’Donoghue
exec producers Nigel Marchant, Richard Fell
head of production Kimberley Hikaka
turnover £85m staff 18 hrs 32
key shows Downton Abbey (ITV), Dracula (Sky)

Turnover has shot up at drama producer Carnival from £53m to £85m in the past year, carrying it from 5th to 3rd place in the Production 100. Global hit Downton Abbey continues to underpin the business, but Carnival has also made Dracula for Sky. Carnival also looks set to benefit for the growing demand for drama. “We’ve a strong slate moving into production”, says md Gareth Neame.

4. Avalon
mds Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner
director of production Joanna Beresford
turnover £66.3m
key shows Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), Not Going Out (BBC1), Trying Again (Sky), Man Down (C4)

Avalon TV is a core part of the Avalon comedy empire, which also spans talent management, live shows, PR and distribution. Avalon’s talent arm represents key entertainment names, including Russell Howard, David Baddiel, Adrian Chiles, Lee Mack, Al Murray and Frank Skinner, with its TV division making many of their shows and Avalon Distribution selling them around the world.

5. Lime
mds Kate Little, Claire Poyser
heads of drama Rebecca Hodgson, Bryan Kirkwood
turnover £65.6m staff 326 hrs 228 key shows
Hollyoaks (C4), The Only Way Is Essex (ITV2), House of Anubis (Nickelodeon), Geordie Shore (MTV)

Liverpool-based Lime is All3Media’s biggest indie, producing the long running Hollyoaks and blazing a trail in scripted reality with TOWIE and Geordie Shore. It’s also an acclaimed kids producers, making House of Anubis for Nickelodeon. Turnover is up from £60m to £65.6m, with finance director Gemma Peel citing new US commissions as one of the highlights of the year.

6. Twofour
(Twofour Group)
ceo Melanie Leach creative
director  Andrew Mackenzie
dir of production Shireen Abbott
turnover £58.2m  staff 141 hrs 143
key shows Educating Yorkshire (C4), Splash! (ITV) Storage Hoarders (ITV) The Jump (C4)

Revenues at the Educating Yorkshire producer continue to grow, rising from £47m to £58m. Twofour merged with Boom Pictures in autumn 2013, and is expanding from its factual base to produce entertainment – like Splash!, The Jump and A Night of Heroes. Twofour also says international growth has been strong over the past 12 months.

7. Sunset+Vine
chairman Jeff Foulser commercial director Andrew Piller
turnover £58m
key shows Premier League Football (BT Sport), Premiership Rugby Union (BT Sport),  2014 Commonwealth Games (SVGTV), Rugby Tonight (BT Sport), Mobil 1 The Grid (C4),

Sunset+Vine has grown considerably in recent years. After producing C4’s acclaimed Paralympics coverage in 2012, it was selected by BT to produce its football and rugby coverage plus a raft of other sports. Sunset+Vine was also the host broadcaster of last month’s Commonwealth Games. Owned by Tinopolis, it’s also a major producer of ad funded shows.

8. Tiger Aspect
(Endemol UK)
md Sophie Clarke-Jervoise
head of production Frith Tiplady
turnover £54m staff 61 hrs 80
key shows Bad Education (BBC3), My Mad Fat Diary (E4), Peaky Blinders (BBC2), Benidorm (ITV), Mount Pleasant (Sky Living)

Diversified and with an enviable production pedigree, Tiger Aspect has had an impressive year with revenues jumping from £45m to £54m. Md Sophie Clarke-Jervoise cites growth in the comedy entertainment genre. She also points out drama highlights like the 12-part Fortitude for Sky Atlantic, and the return of Ripper Street thanks to funding from Amazon.

9. Remarkable
(Endemol UK)
mds Colette Foster, Nick Mather
head of production Sue King
turnover £52.5m staff 16 hrs 481
key shows Deal Or No Deal (C4), The Million Pound Drop Live (C4), Secret Eaters (C4), Pointless (BBC1), Supersize vs Superskinny (C4)

Remarkable makes many of the UK’s best known formats, including Deal or No Deal, The Million Pound Drop Live and Pointless. Highlights include the launch of The House that £100k Built, and ITV’s upcoming Ejector Seat. Turnover has fallen from £70.5m last year to £52m. Head of production Sue King cites a tough business climate, with channels squeezing budgets.

10. Company Pictures
md John Yorke exec producer Claire Ingham
turnover £52m staff 23 hrs 53
key shows The White Queen (BBC1), Wild at Heart (ITV), Shameless (C4), Skins (E4), Inspector George Gently (BBC1),
The Village (BBC1)

Company has been behind two big budget, standout dramas in the past year: The White Queen and New World. Turnover is up significantly at the drama producer, from £40m to £52m, which has sought to make up for the loss of key returning series Wild at Heart, Shameless and Skins under new md John Yorke. Highlights include returning series The Village and George Gently.

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