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Production 100 2009 Back to Reports & survey Listing

64 Oxford Film & TV
creative director Nick Kent head of drama Mark Bentley head of documentaries Patrick Forbes staff 12 turnover £3.1m profit £112k
commissions 6 hrs commissioned 14
hrs tx’d 16 key shows The Mona Lisa Curse (C4) Alexei Sayle’s Liverpool (BBC2) The American Future: A History (BBC2) genre fact, drama

65= Hanrahan Media
creative director Will Hanrahan
business manager Gill Carter
staff 5 turnover £3m commissions 4
hrs commissioned 11 hrs tx’d 11
key shows Trexx and Flipside (BBC3) The Suffolk Strangler (Sky) Stalker (Crime Investigation Network)
genre ent, fact, fact ent, drama

65= Blink
executive producers Dan Chambers, Justine Kershaw, Jago Lee head of production Sarah Sapper staff 3
turnover £3m commissions 8
hrs commissioned 14 hrs tx’d 14
keys shows Great Sperm Race (C4) True Stories (Five) Come Hell or High Water (Virgin Media) Genre fact, fact ent, drama

Two year old Blink, set up by former Five execs Dan Chambers and Justine Kershaw, lands an inaugural place in our top 100 after a series of well-received commissions over the last year, including C4’s The Great Sperm Race and Five’s True Stories. But it was far from a straightforward process to source funding for these programmes, as head of production Sarah Sapper explains: “It’s a patchwork of funding with each commission. For True Stories, the funding came from Five, Smithsonian, BBC Worldwide and The History Channel. And for The Great Sperm Race it was C4, The Welcome Trust, Discovery Channel and ITV Global. I’ve become an exchange rate guru as a result.” Sapper adds that, “Each production takes so long to pull together and you always need more on the conveyor belt. I’d love it if C4 would just commission and give us enough money to make whatever is being commissioned. But this isn’t going to happen so our strategy is the same for the next year.”

65= Wild Dream Films
md Stuart Clarke director Tom Dumican
head of business affairs Sion Hughes
finance Gareth Marlow staff 10 turnover £3m commissions 2 hrs commissioned 20 hrs tx’d 10 key shows Ancient Discoveries (History Channel US) Texas Prison Break (MSNBC) genre fact, fact ent, drama

Wild Dream Films’ md Stuart Clarke singles out highlights from the past year as delivering 21 hours of HD programming to the US market in 2008 and continuing to build on the company’s reputation in the US. Co-production partners have included ZDF, NVC Arts and The History Channel US. The Cardiff-based drama and documentary company also purchased another HD camera, which means it owns three full HD kits, six HD Offlines and one Online HD – and means it can more easily invest in HD programming. “We feel that our genre base will stay the same next year, although the company has a very strong interest in drama and is currently looking at both the feature film and feature documentary area, “ says Clarke. “Using our drama background skills we can imagine that more scripted drama documentaries ideas will be pitched. The emphasis is so much based on audience figures and so pilots are key to our strategy.”

65= Red Production
chief exec Nicola Shindler md Andrew Critchley staff 7 turnover £3m commissions 1 hrs commissioned 3 hrs tx’d 3 key shows Unforgiven (ITV1) genre drama

69  Walsh Bros
md John Walsh producer David Walsh
staff 4 turnover £2.98m profits £1.8m
commissions 2 hrs commissioned 10
hrs tx’d 10 key shows Karate Kids (BBC) Freeze Frame (BBC) Sofa Surfers (BBC) genre fact, drama, kids

70 Green Inc
md Stephen Stewart creative director Chris Jones head of production Helen Murray head of fac ent Mike Reilly exec producer Siobhan O’Gorman staff 10-12 turnover £2.9m  profits £159k commissions 8 hrs commissioned 195.45 hrs tx’d 1.15 UK, 195 Eire key shows The Afternoon Show Series 5 (RTE) Project HaHA (RTE2) Ape (E4)
genre ent, fact ent

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