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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

21. Talkback
(FremantleMedia)
md Leon Wilson
head of production Beatrice Gay
head of development Simon Craig
turnover £25m staff 9 hrs 68
key shows QI (BBC2), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2), Celebrity Juice (ITV2), Lemon La Vida Loca (ITV2)

Comedy and entertainment powerhouse Talkback has edged up turnover from £22.9m to £25m this year. Md Leon Wilson says highlights include “maintaining the quality and quantity” of Celebrity Juice. Talkback was also recommissioned for an increased number of episodes of Through the Keyhole, and two more series of Sweat the Small Stuff in 2014. It’s also struck future deals on QI and Buzzcocks with the BBC for 2014 and beyond. With a long TV production heritage, Talkback is part of the FremantleMedia UK empire.

22. Pulse Films
ceo Thomas Benski
mds Marisa Clifford, Sam Sniderman
head of production Claire Wingate
turnover £24.1m profit £1m staff 80 hrs 16
key shows When Bjork Met Attenborough (C4), Sleeping with the Family (MTV)

23. Optomen
(All3Media)
md Pat Llewellyn
creative director Sue Murphy
turnover £23.4m staff 36 hrs 95
key shows Great British Menu (BBC2), Food Glorious Food (ITV), Gordon’s Ultimate Cookery Course (C4), Hotel Hell (C4)

24. Boom Wales
(TwoFour Group)
chair Huw Eurig Davies
md Boom Pictures Cymru Nia Thomas
md Boomerang Gareth Rees
turnover £22m staff 220 hrs 676
key shows Clare Balding Show (BT), Posh Pawn (C4), Caryl (S4C), 35 Days (S4C)                    

25. Maverick
(All3Media)
ceo Jim Sayer
cco Mark Downie
head of production Allison Todd
turnover £20.3m staff 115 hrs 85
key shows Embarrassing Bodies (C4), Was it Something I Said (C4), Stephen Fry: Out There (BBC2)

26=. Hartswood
exec producer Beryl Vertue producers Sue Vertue,
Elaine Cameron dir of operations Debbie Vertue turnover £19m
staff 8 hrs 13 key shows Sherlock (BBC1), Edge of Heaven (ITV),
The Guilty (ITV)

26=. Lion Television
(All3Media) mds Shahana Meer, Richard Bradley, Nick Catliff, Jeremy Mills turnover £19m staff 90 hrs 138 key shows Homes Under The Hammer (BBC1), Horrible Histories (CBBC), Beat My Build (C4)

28. Neal Street
company directors film and tv Pippa Harris, Sam Mendes, Nicolas Brown
head of production Milly Leigh
turnover £17.8m staff 8 hrs 17
key shows Call The Midwife (BBC1), Penny  Dreadful (Sky Atlantic)

29=. Firecracker
(Tinopolis)
ceo Mark Soldinger
md Sue Oriel
creative director Jeremy Groman
turnover £17m
key shows Secrets of the Living Dolls (C4), Don’t Look Down (C4), Clash of the Collectors (National Geographic)

29=. Princess
(Shine Group)
mds Conor Baily, Emma Hardy
chairman Henrietta Conrad
turnover £17m staff 75 hrs 691
key shows The Wright Stuff (C5), Got To Dance (Sky1), Sunday Brunch (C4), The National Lottery Live (BBC1), The Face (Sky Living), Set List (Sky Atlantic)

Princess restructured earlier this summer, appointing Emma Hardy and Conor Baily as co-mds, and hiring Tuesday’s Child’s Will Spokes as joint head of programmes alongside Anna Blue. The changes follow the move of co-founder Henrietta Conrad to be chairman. Turnover is down to £17m from last year’s £32.8m, with Princess citing Sky’s decision to move the TX date of its shiny floor show Got To Dance out of this year’s Production 100 reporting period. Got to Dance, Sunday Brunch and The Wright Stuff were all recommissioned over the period.


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