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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

92. Liberty Bell
(Avalon)
Production manager Judy Lewis
turnover £2.8m
key shows Dave Gorman: Modern Life is Goodish (Dave) Call Nanny Mewes (C4) The Crane Gang (BBC2) Al Murray’s German Adventure (BBC4)

93. Oxford Scientific
(Twofour Group)
ceo Clare Birks
creative director Caroline Hawkins 
turnover £2.8m (six mths) staff 11 hrs 10
key shows Animal Odd Couples (BBC1), The Real White Queen and Her Rivals (BBC2)

94=. 3DD
ceo Dominic Saville
coo Jennifer Bentley
head of production Lyndy Saville
turnover £2.7m profit £32k
staff 5 hrs 80 key shows London Live, Discovering Music, Discovering Film, Soundclash

94=. Indus
(Twofour Group)
dir of programmes Steve Robinson
head of development Jamie Balment
turnover £2.7m profit £137k staff 5 hrs 9
key shows Flintoff’s Road to Nowhere (Sky), Ben & James Versus the Arabian Desert (BBC2)

96=. Leopard Films
(Argonon)
chief creative officer Todd Austin
head of arts and performance Fiona Morris
turnover £2.5m staff 10 hrs 20
key shows Big Dance (C4), Street Patrol UK (BBC1), Darcey’s Ballerina Heroines (BBC2)

96=. Quicksilver
md Eamonn Matthews
head of production Natalie Triebwasser
series editors Monica Garnsey, Suzanne Lavery
turnover £2.5m staff 4 hrs 18
key shows Unreported World (C4), This World (BBC), Dispatches (C4)


98. True Vision
chief bottle washer Brian Woods
chief grafter Jezza Neumann
moral compass Deborah Shipley
turnover £2.3m profit £40k staff 10 hrs 13
key shows 15,000 Kids and Counting (C4), Breadline Kids (C4), The Hunt for Britain’s Sex Gangs (C4)

Multiple award winning True Vision makes documentaries with a purpose, particularly films about human rights, and children and the difficulties they face through the world. “Gloriously independent”, in the words of founder Brian Woods, True Vision is a real rarity in an indie sector that has become increasingly corporate. But its individuality and reputation for strong, emotional films that spark debate seems to be paying off: in the past year, True Vision won its first commission from ITV, its first series from C4, and has films in production for BBC1, 2, 3 and 4.

99. Red House
(Zodiak Media)
md John Silver
exec producer Kurt Seywald
head of production Katie Boston
turnover £2.2m staff 4 hrs 11
key shows DIY Dummies (C5), DoubleYour House for Half the Money (C4), Sell Your Own Home (C4), Brand New House For 5k (C5)

Red House, founded in 2008 by former Talkback and Shine exec John Silver (who’s been instrumental in launching Grand Designs, Property Ladder, Jamie’s Kitchen and, MasterChef), specialises in popular lifestyle, features and factual entertainment series and formats. Property has been the big focus for Red House over the past year, with Sarah Beeney’s Double Your House for Half the Money (C4) and DIY Dummies (C5) among its credits. C4 has also just ordered Sarah Beeney’s Clicks and Mortar, about people who sell their houses without estate agents.

100. CB Films
md Malcolm Neaum 
head of production Christian Holland
head of development Simon Willgoss
turnover £2.1m staff 5 hrs 5
key shows The £60,000 Puppy: Cloning Man’s Best Friend (C4), The Pygmy Hippo: A Very Secret Life (BBC2)

Factual producer CB Films has produced a number of one offs this year, including National Geographic’s Mammoth Unearthed and Mammoth Rising, Natural World film Pygmy Hippo: A Very Secret Life and The £60,000 Puppy: Cloning Man’s Best Friend for C4.
50% of its revenues come from UK broadcasters, the rest from international broadcasters like Discovery, Nat Geo and TLC. CB Films is also currently in production on a new programme for C4’s features department.
Head of production Christian Holland says the big challenge over the past year has been “to maintain development whilst busy with production.” He adds that the business climate for indie producers has improved over the past year, and that a highlight has been “obtaining a series commission from C4.”

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