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Production 100, 2014 Back to Reports & survey Listing

31=. Betty
(Discovery Studios) ceo Liz Warner
head of operations Sophy Walker
creative director Neil Smith
turnover £16m staff 30 hrs 61
key shows The Undateables (C4), Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (C4), The Food Inspectors (BBC1), Heston’s Great British Food (C4)

Since being taken over by Discovery back in 2011, Betty has very much consolidated its place as a significant factual producer, with highlights including an ITV primetime commission and getting a Bafta nod for C4’s The Undateables. “It’s been our best business winning year to date with a much clearer focus and broadening out into other genres,” says CEO Liz Warner. Best known for its popular factual shows like Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners for C4, Betty has become a specialist factual player too, with orders such as Bear’s Wild Weekend with Stephen Fry.

31=. Mentorn
ceo John Willis
creative director Mark Roberts
finance director Jennifer Roberts
turnover £16m
key shows Fried Chicken Shop (C4), Question Time (BBC1), Traffic Cops (BBC1) Greggs: More Than Meats The Pie (Sky1)

Veteran factual outfit Mentorn Media (it was established back in 1985) produces established brands like Question Time and Motorway Cops, while creating new series such as ITV2’s Freshers and C4’s Crazy about One Direction. Mentorn is also a regular producer of current affairs shows, for strands including Panorama, Cutting Edge and Dispatches. Earlier this year, Mentorn promoted Tayte Simpson to director of programmes, replacing Hannah Wyatt. Mentorn’s drama arm Daybreak Pictures recently won a second series of its comedy Sirens from USA Networks.

31=. Tinopolis Wales
exec director Angharad Mair
turnover £16m 
key shows  Prynhawn Da (S4C),  Heno (S4C), Pen8nos (S4C),  S4C weather services (S4C)

34. Red Planet
md Tony Jordan
head of drama Belinda Campbell
head of production Alex Jones
turnover £15.83m staff 10 hrs 14
key shows Death In Paradise (BBC1), By Any Means (BBC1), History Cold Case (BBC2)

35. Zig Zag
ceo Danny Fenton
coo Kevin Utton
turnover £15.8m staff 20 hrs 90
key shows I Wanna Marry Harry (ITV2), 40 Year Old Virgins (C4), The Premier League’s Most Amazing Moments (BBC3), I Think I’m An Animal (Discovery)

36. Bentley
md Jo Wright
head of development Tom Winchester
head of finance Meredith Wilson
script executive Aimee Rowling
turnover £15.8m staff 5 hrs 10
key shows Midsomer Murders (ITV1)

37. CPL Productions
(Red Arrow) md Danielle Lux 
creative dir Murray Boland
dir of production Heather Hampson
turnover £15.7m staff 13 hrs 40 key shows A League Of Their Own (Sky1), The Taste (C4), All Star Mr & Mrs (ITV1)

38. Zeppotron
(Endemol UK)
mds Peter Holmes, Ruth Phillips
turnover £15.4m staff 8 hrs 42
key shows 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4), Would I Lie To You? (BBC1), Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe (BBC2), How Video Games Changed the World (C4)

39. Love Productions
creative dir Richard McKerrow
md Letty Kavanagh
creative dir Anna Beattie
turnover £15.3m staff 65 hrs 60
key shows The Great British Bake Off (BBC2), The Great British Sewing Bee (BBC2), Benefits Street (C4)

40. Pioneer
chairman Stuart Carter
md Kirstie McLure
creative director Ailsa Orr
turnover £15m key shows Inside My Mind (BBC3), World’s Weirdest Weather (C4), How Sex Works (BBC3), Britain’s Worst Weather (C4)

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