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Production 100, 2014 Back to Reports & survey Listing

41. Twenty Twenty
(Warner Bros UK)
ceo Tim Carter
head of production Hana Canter
turnover £14.7m staff 20 hrs 53
key shows The Hoarder Next Door (C4), The Choir: Sing While You Work (BBC2), First Dates (C4), How Not to Get Old (C4)

The producer of The Choir and First Dates is part of the Warner Bros stable, following the studio’s purchase of Twenty Twenty’s parent Shed Media. “Now that we are owned by Warner Bros”, says CEO Tim Carter, “we expect to see significant growth in production for international broadcasters.” Creative director Meredith Chambers left in May to join Karl Warner’s new indie Electric Ray. Carter says Twenty Twenty is rebuilding its core creative team “after several high profile post earn-out departures, and we have a raft of new formats to join our big two returners.”

42. Ricochet   
(Warner Bros UK)
ceo Joanna Ball
head of production Lisa Cox
creative director Simon Knight
turnover £14.51m staff 66 hrs 81
key shows Cowboy Builders (C5), Food Unwrapped (C4), Britain’s Empty Homes (BBC1), Born to be Different (C4)

Ricochet is a regional indie, based in Brighton, and achieved huge success with its worldwide hit Supernanny – which ran for six seasons on ABC in the US. Ricochet chief executive Nick Emmerson was promoted to joint md of Warner Bros Productions UK this year following the studio’s acquisition of its parent company Shed Media. Former BBC commissioner Jo Ball has taken over as chief executive. Ricochet says it now sees most growth opportunities in the UK market, and has had success with shows such as Food Unwrapped and Cowboy Traders.

43. Rondo
ceo Gareth Williams
finance director Alywyn Davies
executive producers Tom Ware, Susan Waters
turnover £14.5m staff 62 hrs 406
key shows The Indian Doctor (BBC1), My Tattoo Addiction (C4), Rownd a Rownd (S4C)

Welsh indie Rondo has built its business as a key supplier to S4C and BBC Wales, and over the past year marked the 1,000th edition of its long running S4C soap Rownd A Rownd. Rondo is now looking to expand into network production. Executive producer Tom Ware says one of the highlights of the past year was producing C4’s My Tattoo Addiction, Rondo’s first factual series for an English language broadcaster.

44. Dragonfly
(Shine Group)
mds Mark Raphael, Lucinda Hicks
turnover £14.4m staff 18 hrs 64
key shows One Born Every Minute (C4), The Complainers (C4), Burrowers (BBC2), Wildfires 2014: Inside The Inferno (BBC2)

45=. Off The Fence
ceo Ellen Windemuth
coo Darrel James
mds Allison Bean, Bo Stehmeier
turnover £14.2m staff 60
key shows Generation Cryo (MTV), Wildest Islands (Discovery)

45=. Stv Productions
(STV Group)
director of content Alan Clements
deputy dir of content Liam Hamilton
turnover £14.2m staff 21 hrs 140
key shows Antiques Road Trip (BBC1), Catchphrase (ITV)

47. North One
ceo Neil Duncanson
md Steve Gowans
coo Alex Coffey
 turnover £13.4m staff 32 hrs 248
key shows Fifth Gear (C5), The Gadget Show (C5), Ross Noble Freewheeling (Dave), Gadget Man (C4)

48=. IWC Media
(Zodiak Media)
md Hamish Barbour
head of production Jonathan Warne
turnover £13m staff 75 hrs 100
key shows Location, Location, Location (C4), Inside the Mind of Leonardo (Sky)

48=. Windfall Films
(Argonon) ceo David Dugan
md Kristina Obradovic
creative director Ian Duncan
turnover £13m staff 24 hrs 35
key shows Rail Road Alaska (Discovery), Born in the Wild (C4)

50. Input Media
exec chairman David Wood
md Neil Oughton
deputy md Mark Hands-Heart
dir of business development Claire Murphy
turnover £12.6m staff 120 hrs 3000
key shows Chelsea TV, Bowls (BBC), Roland Garros (ITV), UEFA, FA (Int’l Broadcasters)

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