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  • The Production 100
    Tim Dams introduces Televisual’s exclusive Production 100 survey of the indie television sector, now in its 26th year, and finds the rise of the streamers is creating opportunity –but also plenty of anxiety. The report includes the top 100 indies, the
  • The Genre report: Factual TV
    Demand for factual is growing as channels fight ever harder for audiences. Televisual Factual Festival producer Pippa Considine reports
  • All the Fun of the Fair
    ITV and Amazon’s new Vanity Fair adaptation demanded a period drama with a modern sensibility. But how was that balancing act achieved? Jon Creamer reports
  • The Art of the Vfx Super
    Creativity, tech know-how and a cool head are essential attributes for a vfx supervisor. Three top supers tell Jon Creamer how they help create screen magic
  • Channel 4's big move
    Three cities are still in the running for the new out-of-London Channel 4 HQ and three for the two creative hubs. The indies in those cities say the potential prize is immense. Jon Creamer reports
  • IBC preview
    IBC is a great place to check out both new launches and to get your hands on something already announced at NAB. Here’s a small taste of what’s likely to be on offer
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Production 100, 2014 Back to Reports & survey Listing

61. Retort
(FremantleMedia UK)
md Jon Rolph
head of production Carlene King
turnover £8.4m staff 3 hrs 8
key shows The IT Crowd (C4), Phoneshop (E4), Count Arthur Strong (BBC2), Birds of a Feather (ITV)

62. Icon Films
creative dir Harry Marshall
md Laura Marshall
dir of production Andie Clare
turnover £8.1m staff 82 hrs 35
key shows The One Show (BBC1), River Monsters (ITV), Spawn of Jaws (Discovery), Africa’s Giant Killers (BBC2)

63. Wag Tv
ceo Martin Durkin
coo Steven Green
head of production Clare Corcoran
turnover £7.85m profit £890k staff 19 hrs 46
key shows Nigel Farage: Who Are You? (C4), How Do They Do It? (Discovery), How Fun Works (Travel Channel)

64. Arrow Media
md Iain Pelling
creative directors John Smithson, Tom Brisley
turnover £7.8m staff 9 hrs 38
key shows Live from Space Season (C4/Nat Geo), The Hairy Bikers Restoration Road Trip (BBC2), Jumbo: The Plane that Changed the World (BBC2), Ultimate Airport Dubai (Nat Geo)

This is Arrow’s debut appearance in the Production 100, following its launch in 2011 by former Darlow Smithson execs John Smithson, Iain Pelling and Tom Brisley. The indie has clearly had a very successful first few years, quickly racking up a turnover of £7.8m for its reporting period of October 2012-September 2103. Highlights include the internationally acclaimed Live from Space Season for C4 and Nat Geo, which typifies the ambition and scale that Arrow tries to bring to its specialist factual output. 30% of its revenues came from UK broadcasters, 70% from international broadcasters.

65. Nutopia
ceo Jane Root
md Carl Griffin
exec producers Ben Goold, Peter Lovering
head of development Simon McKeown
turnover £7.6m staff 17 hrs 17
key shows She’s Having a Baby (Sky Living), The British (Sky Atlantic), Siege in the Sahara (C4), Adrift (Discovery)

Run by former BBC2 controller Jane Root, Nutopia has found success with big budget factual formats that can travel the world, such as its Nat Geo series The 70s, The 80s and The 90s and the acclaimed America: The Story of Us. The latter has been remade for the UK and Australian market, and is now being made for a European audience as Europe: The Story of US. Chief operating officer Helena Tait says Nutopia is working on an increasing number of co-productions with a broader range of broadcasters. 74% of Nutopia’s revenues come from international broadcasters.

66. Clerkenwell
ceo Murray Ferguson
financial controller Wim De Greef
turnover £7.4m staff 6 hrs 8
key shows Misfits (E4)

Set up in 1998 by Murray Ferguson and actor John Hannah, Clerkenwell has just produced the fifth series of E4 drama Misfits. With past credits including supernatural drama Afterlife and Jane Austen adaptation Persuasion, the indie is well set to take advantage of the new drama tax credit. “It’s an exciting time full of opportunity,” says Ferguson. Recent Clerkenwell commissions include C4 comedy drama Cut, about a dysfunctional group of civil servants relocated outside London, and C4 comedy Scrotal Recall.

67. Foundation
(Zodiak Media)
md Gwen Hughes
creative director Steven Andrew
turnover £7.2m staff 9 hrs 55
key shows Tickety Toc (Nick Jr), Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge (Disney XD)

68. Raise The Roof
md Jane Muirhead
creative dirs Andrew Jackson, Sarah Walmsley
turnover £6.9m profit £890k staff 16 hrs 56
key shows Kirstie’s Fill Your House For Free (C4), Phil Spencer Secret Agent (C4)

69. Gogglebox
(Sony Pictures TV)
mds Adam Wood, Mat Steiner
head of production Frances Peters
turnover £6.7m staff 8 hrs 32
key shows Release The Hounds (ITV2), Plain Jane (MTV)

70. Plum
(JV with Hat Trick)
mds Will Daws, Stuart Cabb
head of production Victoria Moss
turnover £6.5m staff 10 hrs 26
key shows Ronnie’s Animal Crackers (BBC1), Mary’s Silver Service (C4), James May’s Toy Stories (BBC2)

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