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December 2017

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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

81. Rollem
md Kay Mellor
development associate Sian Palfrey
turnover £4.4m profit £588k staff 2
key shows The Syndicate (BBC1), In The Club (BBC1), A Passionate Woman (BBC1)

82. Flame
exec producer Matthew Gordon
production executive Lydia Arding
turnover £4.2m
key shows Heir Hunters (BBC1), Don’t Get Done Get Dom (BBC1), Saints & Scroungers (BBC1), Nightmares Next Door (C5)

83. Touchpaper
(Zodiak Media)
md Rob Pursey
producers Clare Alan, Kath Mattock
head of production Helen Municchi
turnover £4m staff 7
key shows Being Human (BBC3), Murder (BBC1), Coming Up (C4), Tatau (BBC3)

84. Kindle
directors Anne Brogan, Melanie Stokes
turnover £3.9m profit £300k
staff 7 hrs 14
key shows Hank Zipzer (CBBC), Dixi (CBBC), Minibeast Adventure (CBeebies), Dinopaws (CBeebies)

85. Reef
md Richard Farmbrough
director of production Paul Hanrahan
turnover £3.83m profit £147k staff 15 hrs 87
key shows French Collection (C4), Dealers - Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (BBC), Messiah at the Foundling Hospital (BBC2)

86. Nerd
(Red Arrow)
md Jago Lee
creative director John Farrar
head of production Elaine Foster
turnover £3.8m staff 22 hrs 20
key shows The 12 Year Old Lifer (C4), Extreme Car Hoarders (Discovery)

87. Oxford Film & Television
creative director Nicolas Kent
head of drama Mark Bentley
head of production Annie Lee
turnover £3.5m profit £100k  staff 14 hrs 17
key shows Our Queen (ITV), The Story of the Jews (BBC2), Psychopath Night (C4)

A true independent documentary producer, Oxford Film and Television is known for its intelligent, highly regarded series like Simon Schama’s The Story of the Jews and The Brits Who Built the Modern World. It’s also just secured a major commission with Channel 5, a co-production with GME, which has been in development for over 14 months. Earlier this year, Oxford Film and TV also completed documentary feature The Widowmaker, narrated by Gillian Anderson, about the medical establishment’s approach to heart attacks.

88. Comedy Unit
(Zodiak Media)
md Rab Christie
creative director Gavin Smith
finance director Jill Harris
turnover £3.2m staff 11 hrs 12
key shows Badults (BBC3), Rab C Nesbitt (BBC2), Limmy’s Show! (BBC2)

Part of Zodiak Media, Comedy Unit is best known for its long running series Rab C Nesbitt – which began life starring Gregor Fisher back in 1990 and has shot 10 series and several specials in all. Rab C Nesbit returned to BBC2 for a New Year’s special in January 2014. Comedy Unit also produced sitcom Badults for BBC3 last year, following three flatmates and their adventures. Comedy Unit is also the producer of BBC2 Scotland sketch series Limmy’s Show, a Bafta Scotland winner. Comedy Unit has shot 12 hours of comedy over the past year, and has 11 staff on its books.

89. Magic Light
mds Martin Pope, Michael Rose
turnover £3.2m staff 8
key shows Room On The Broom (BBC1), The Gruffalo (BBC1)

Magic Light is best known as the producer of the hugely acclaimed animated version of The Gruffalo and other kids books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. It’s been a good year for the indie: its version of Room on the Broom was nominated for an Oscar. Md Michael Rose says Magic Light is focused on building The Gruffalo into a “cherished family brand.“ It has sold 1.5m Gruffalo DVDs worldwide, and anticipates “the majority of future revenues to come from merchandising and other ancillary exploitation.” Magic Light sold some £22m of Gruffalo merchandising products at UK retail in 2013. It’s also started production on a new half hour Donaldson and Scheffler book adaptation The Stickman, which will be ready for Christmas 2015.

90=. Factory TM
md Phil Chalk
operations manager David Porter
turnover £3m staff 14 hrs 10
key shows Clangers (CBeebies), Raa RaaThe Noisy
Lion (CBeebies), Strange Hill High (CBBC).

90=. Thumbs Up
md Marty Redman
head of development TJ Sherbrooke
turnover £3m staff 3 hrs 24
key shows Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model (Sky Living), 50 Ways To Kill Your Lover (Crime and Investigation)

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