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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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Corporate 50 2015 Back to Reports & survey Listing

11 Top Banana
Md Nick Terry
Credits Make A Difference for Hospira; Colleague Briefing for Bentley; Imagine for Kering
West Midlands based Top Banana says its highlights for the last year included “opening a London office, coupled with investing again in our IT and despite being in a remote location off the BT grid, we have installed a dedicated high speed internet line.” It says the past year has “more conversations happening” with clients.

12 Scorch London Joint mds Tristan Ramsay, Steve Jay Credits Internal comms videos for Unilever; Internal comms and product films for KPMG; Internal comms videos for HSBC
Scorch picks out as a particular high point the growth of its “existing relationships with key clients including KPMG, RBS and HSBC, in those cases we have become preferred suppliers.” Another big move says the company was hiring “Unilever global brand director, Duncan Ramsay, as our chief strategy officer.”

13 Plastic Pictures Ep James Dark Credits Lockheed Martin; Rooted In The Past, Invested In The Future for Jynwel Capital; MS Global Congress Booth for Biogen Idec
Plastic says that its client list and presence in the USA is at a point where “our US commissions now outweigh our UK productions.” It says another important move has been expanding internationally through its “global production partner network, thereby extending our reach across all six continents to deliver shoots from 30 different countries.”

14 Speakeasy Md Jonathan Young  Credits Spotlight for Bank of Scotland; WUK Management Conference for Wolseley UK; XVth World Water Congress for IWRA and Scottish Government
Speakeasy says its buyout of Edinburgh based Republic Productions was a big moment. “This continues on with our acquisition strategy – we purchased Orchard Communications in 2009 and have plans to continue with this strategy in 2015 and 2016.”

15 Quite Frankly Md Jez Frankel
Credits Educate a Child for Educate Above All Foundation, Vacheron Constantin Paid Post Series for International New York Times, Fast Forward Marketing for Diageo
Launching Quite Frankly Productions India was a big moment, alongside “getting on to the Rio 2016 roster through our partnership with Agencia Ideal.” An increasingly crowded market in London makes this a crucial move, it says. Another big moment was “shooting our first 30” TVCs for Annabel Karmel.”

16 Media Zoo
Md Rachel Pendered Credits Drive Off Preventers for Tesco; Shape Up to Diversity for Marks & Spencer; Cash ISA for Barclays
Media Zoo says that picking up four Cannes Corporate Media and TV awards for its Marks & Spencer and Tesco’s work was a particular highlight of the year. “Not only did we win four Cannes awards, we also moved into our new creative hub based in Chelsea” with its own edit suites and in house studio.

17 Take3/Sequel Md Suzanne Peck Credits Everything Taken Care Of for Biogen; Pain in the Drain for Southern Water; We Are Tulip for Tulip Foods
A big year for Take 3 as it joined the current consolidation rush in the corporate world and became part of the Sequel Group. “Sequel was itself formed in 2009 after a merger of two existing, long-standing IC agencies, so we have a rich heritage and unrivalled experience,” says Take 3. “We help organisations to tell their story simply, in one clear voice, by whatever means works best.”.

18= Belong Partners Oliver Rowe and Glyn Williams Credits Vision Launch for SABMiller; Contactless Travel for TFL; Ignite Launch Campaign for Centrica
Relative newcomer Belong says it started up in the first place “because we wanted to break out of the ‘corporate video company’ box” and so the high point of the year has been “the number of integrated campaigns we’ve produced. We think we’re changing perceptions of what a ‘corporate content agency’ can do.”

18= Pukka Films Creative dir Paul Katis Credits Effective Communication series for KVH Media; Stay Safe for Met Police Service;  Films for Thought for BP
There’s no real surprise what was the main highlight for Pukka over the past year. “Producing and distributing our first feature film – Kajaki. The True Story,” it says. “The film was released nationwide in November and we have been nominated for a Bafta for outstanding Debut Feature.” Not a bad trick to pull off when you’re also running a corporate production company. The company says it’s also moved into “lower budget films that are completed in-house and so boost our profit margins.”

20 Cheerful 21st Ceo Steve Garvey Credits Microsoft Cannes Lions Beach Club for Microsoft; Vodafone Senior Leadership Team meeting

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