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    From concerts to cup finals and ceremonial occasions, live events are increasingly important to broadcasters. Tim Dams reports
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Production 100 2009 Back to Reports & survey Listing

31= Somethin‘ Else
md Steve Ackerman creative director Jez Nelson director of interactive Paul Bennun director of talent Grant Michaels
staff 58 turnover £7.4m hrs commissioned 1600+ hrs tx’d 1600+
key shows The Orange Music Show (Orange) 1968: Day be Day (Radio 4) Latitude with Pimms (ITV)
genre ent, fact, fact ent

Television production accounted for just 5% of Somethin’ Else’s business this year: “TV has declined fairly rapidly, through our own choice,” says md Steve Ackerman. “We do music stuff still but that’s about it. Unless you’re a super-indie there are ever decreasing options in TV.” Instead, it’s been focusing on online and digital content, and on branded content such as its coverage of Latitude festival for ITV and Pimms. “Some branded content projects were cancelled earlier in the year,” says Ackerman. “But we’re seeing many opportunities coming back again.”

31= So Television
company directors Graham Stuart, Graham Norton, Jon Magnusson head of production Rebecca Cotterill head of development Jeremy Salsby staff 9  turnover £7.4m profits £250k  commissions 6 hrs commissioned 51 hrs tx’d 51 key shows The Graham Norton Show (BBC) Sorry I’ve Got No Head (CBBC) genre ent, fact ent

So Television, whose main focus has been entertainment and fact ent, has now moved into childrens. “This is a major area for us and we’re looking at going into a year where we have two substantial childrens commissions – a third series of our CBBC sketch show Sorry I’ve Got No Head and a spin off sitcom from that show,”  says company director Graham Stuart. As well as its move into childrens So enjoyed success with Year Dot, its year-long multi platform project with Channel 4. The second year of the project is being evaluated and the company is actively involved in other online projects.
Stuart admits the past year has been difficult for everyone: “We’re given less money to make shows than two or three years ago and it’s a challenge to adapt to it. We knew hard times were coming so we reviewed everything about the company. We made changes to the way we staff and are a much more efficient operation.”

33 Monkey Kingdom
directors David Granger, Will Macdonald staff 11 turnover £7.1m commissions 14 hrs commissioned 62 hrs tx’d 53 key shows The Charlotte Church Show (C4) Prince Charles’ Other Mistress (C4) Sound (BBC2) genre ent, fact, fact ent, drama

Monkey has evolved to offer a range of genres including factual, online and entertainment since it was founded in 2000. “We’re diverse for a company of our size,” says co-founder and creative director Will Macdonald. “In the current climate it’s about being lean and adaptable. It’s also meant looking at everything closer. We’re leaner but our cuts weren’t dramatic.”
UK-based shows the company has delivered include Sound, a 40-part music show for BBC2, C4’s The Charlotte Church Show and BBC3’s Young, Dumb and Living Off Mum. It also has two series broadcast in the US – Man Vs Cartoon and Make My Day. Its online presence has grown too, with 60-part Bebo series The Secret World of Sam King. “The ability to do all genres including online is great and means we can throw an idea in many directions,” says Macdonald. The indie is also growing its drama division after sealing a deal with ITV Global Entertainment. This will offer support for a development slate of projects for UK and international broadcasters.

34 Spun Gold
md Nick Bullen exec producer Matt Young finance director Simon Gray office manager Katja Martin staff 4 turnover £6.8m turnover £6.8m profits 211k hrs commissioned 118 hrs tx’d 118 key shows The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV1) Surviving Gazza (C4) Claire Sweeney: My Big Fat Diet (ITV1) genre ent, factual, fact ent

35 Betty
creative director Liz Warner md Andrew Conrad head of prod Sophy Walker
exec producers David Wise, Sarah Freethy staff 16 turnover £6.5m  commissions 7 hrs commissioned 32 hrs tx’d 30+
key shows Country House Rescue (C4), Find Me A Family (C4), Freaky Eaters (BBC3) genre ent fact, fact ent, drama

36 Atlantic Productions

ceo Anthony Geffen commercial affairs Claudia Perkins head of production Ruth Sessions staff 25 turnover £6.4m commissions 11
hrs commissioned 29 hrs tx’d 14 key shows Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor (BBC1) Star of Bethlehem (BBC1, Discovery, Fremantle Media) Secrets of Egypt (Five, Nat Geo, FremantleMedia) genre fact

37 Baby Cow
md Henry Normal director Steve Coogan finance directorJonathan Merrell
head of production Kerry Waddell staff 10 turnover £6.31m profit £265k commissions 9 hrs commissioned 11
hrs tx’d 14 key shows Gavin and Stacey Xmas Special (BBC1) The Last Word Monologues (BBC1) Ideal 5 (BBC 3/2)
genre ent, fact ent, drama

38 Steadfast
executive chairman Charles Thompson  md Simon Potter md (int) Sally Cronin  exec producers Paul Crompton, Oliver Wilson  staff 12 turnover £6.2m profit
£-350k commissions 12 hrs commissioned 51 hrs tx’d 60+ key shows Doctors and Nurses at War (ITV1) Cars, Cops & Criminals (BBC1) UK Borderforce (Sky One) genre fact, fact ent, sport

39 Windfall Films
chairman David Dugan head of prod Kristina Obradovic producer/director Ian Duncan producer/director Oliver Morse series producer Carlo Massarella
staff 22 turnover £6m commissions 11  hrs commissioned 43.5 hrs tx’d 27
key shows Inside Nature’s Giants (C4) The Operation: Surgery Live (C4) Generals At War (National Geographic)
genre fact, fact ent, drama

40 Raw TV
md Dimitri Doganis creative director Bart Layton executive producer Lucy Willis
head of production Piers Vellacott staff 11 turnover £5.9m commissions 6
hrs commissioned 37.5 hrs tx’d 20
key shows Battlefront (C4) Banged Up Abroad (Five) Neighborhood Warch (BBC1)
genre fact, fact ent

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