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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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Production 100, 2015 Back to Reports & survey Listing

Deal-making shows little sign of abating in the production sector, with the acquisitions this year led by UK and international broadcasting groups.

ITV Studios turned its attention back to the UK market, bolstering its significant presence here with the purchase of the highly regarded Twofour Group. ITV Studio’s UK turnover stands at £459m, putting it at the front rank of production groups. In May, ITV also finalised the acquisition John de Mol’s Talpa Media for an initial fee of £355m.

Sky also stepped up its interest in the production sector, following up last year’s purchase of Bake Off indie Love with the acquisition of factual outfit Blast! Films.

Channel 4 has also taken minority stakes in Eleven Film, True North, Arrow Media, Lightbox and Popkorn – although C4 is not included in the A-Z list as it does not have a majority share in its indies.

Endemol and Shine are grouped together for the first time under the newly merged Endemol Shine Group. The mega-indie group has been busy consolidating its merger in the past 12 months, rather than making acquisitions.

All3Media, now owned by Discovery/Liberty Global, bolstered its drama credentials with the purchase of Neal Street, Sam Mendes’ scripted indie which has posted strong growth in recent years.

Confirming the continuing trend for the creation of mega-indie groups, Zodiak and Banijay announced in July that they planned to merge their production and distribution operations.

Other deals this year include Ten Alps’ acquisition of Reef TV.

It’s difficult to draw meaningful conclusions about the performance of the superindie and megaindie groups over the past year.

A number – including NBC Universal and Warner Bros – declined to take part in this year’s survey. Others only released information from selected production companies. This can often mask underperformance at a particular group. It would also confirm recent Pact figures which highlighted that the largest indies’ share of UK commission spend has declined over the last two years. Pact reported that the indies gaining most from the shift in spend are the medium and smaller indies with turnovers of £10-25m and £1-5m respectively.

Superindies A-Z

All3Media Group
(Discovery/Liberty Global) North One, Bentley, Optomen, Lion, Company, Lime, Maverick, Objective, Studio Lambert, Neal Street, Little Dot

Leopard, Leopard Drama, Remedy, Windfall, BrightSpark, Transparent, Blacklisted Films

Avalon TV, Liberty Bell, Flame, Topical

UK indies Raw TV, Betty

Endemol Shine Group
(21st Century Fox/Apollo) Shine TV, Princess, Kudos, Dragonfly, Lovely Day, Brown Eyed Boy, Channel Flip, Remarkable, Tigress, Tiger Aspect, Zeppotron, Darlow Smithson, Initial, House of Tomorrow, Artists Studio, Bandit, Cave Bear

FremantleMedia UK
(RTL) Thames, Talkback, Boundless, Retort, Newman Street, Euston Films

ITV Studios
12 Yard, Big Talk, The Garden, So Television, Twofour, Indus, Oxford Scientific, Boomerang, Shiver, Potato, Possessed, Boom, Boomerang, Mainstreet, Delightful Industries

NBC Universal
Carnival, Monkey, Chocolate Media, Lucky Giant

Red Arrow
CPL, Nerd TV, Endor

Love, Blast!, Znak&Jones

Left Bank, Victory, Gogglebox, Electric Ray

Red Production

Ten Alps
Blakeway, Brook Lapping, Films of Record, Reef

Firecracker, Mentorn, Sunset+Vine, Pioneer, Tinopolis Wales, Fiction Factory, fFatti fFilms, Rain

Warner Bros
Wall to Wall, Ricochet, Twenty Twenty, Shed, Renegade, Headstrong, Watershed, Yalli

William Morris Endeavour

RDF, IWC, Bwark, Touchpaper, Comedy Unit, Foundation, Red House

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