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    In a two-part special, Tim Dams reports on TV’s fresh focus on entertainment, and new directions in comedy
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    Four leading DoPs tell Michael Burns the secrets of their craft, and explain the techniques they used to create hits like Jason Bourne, The King’s Speech, Lion and Sherlock
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    Major technical advances such as UHD, HDR and IP are driving big changes in the outside broadcast market. Michael Burns reports
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Production 100, 2014 Back to Reports & survey Listing

Welcome to Televisual’s 2014 Production 100 survey of the independent production sector, which we have published annually since 1993.

The combined turnover of the top 100 indies stands at £1.93bn, down slightly from last year’s £2.1bn. That said, a strict year on year comparison is hard to make. The indies featured in the survey comprise the vast majority of the leading producers, but each year a handful chose not to take part for various reasons. For example, ITV has not entered its recently acquired indies – Big Talk, So TV and The Garden – as it no longer separates out the turnover of its individual units. Last year, the three companies posted £48m turnover. On the flip side, Zodiak Media, whose indies were absent from the survey in 2013, chose to enter seven of its indies including RDF, IWC Media and The Foundation this year.

Despite the absence of exact year on year comparisons, we conclude it’s been another challenging but good year for the indie sector.

Several indies have had very good years indeed. Sports producer Sunset+Vine has more than doubled its turnover since winning major contracts with BT Sport. Drama producers Carnival, Company, Hartswood, Red Planet and Drama Republic have posted significant growth as the genre enjoys a boom. Hit makers like Twofour (Educating Yorkshire), Love (Great British Bake Off) and Studio Lambert (Gogglebox) have posted good returns. Among medium sized indies, the likes of Windfall, Victory, Spun Gold, Blink, Icon, True North, Arrow Media, Raise the Roof have also had strong years.

However, turnover is down at a significant number of indies, proving that it’s not all rosy.

Yet, the swathe of acquisition activity in recent months should give confidence to producers. Some of the biggest media outfits in the world have bought into the UK indie sector in the past year. And they clearly believe they are investing in a growth market.

How the survey works

Every year, we send survey forms to independent TV production companies and ask a series of questions. The facts provided, which relate to the period July 2013-June 2014, form the basis of the Production 100.

The top 100 are ranked according to the turnover of their UK operations. Staff figures relate to full time staff only. Turnover and profit figures are for the period July 2013-June 2014 or the nearest equivalent. Profits are only published if provided. Many thanks to all the companies who took part – particularly if you didn’t quite make it into the top 100.

Tim Dams

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