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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

Which are the most admired indies in television? The Peer Poll reveals the 10 production companies that are most respected by their rivals, based on votes and feedback to the Production 100. This year Twofour takes the top spot

Two Four climbs to the top of
peer poll for the first time after
an impressive year that’s seen it produce acclaimed shows such
as Educating The East End, Royal Marines Commando School, The Jump and The Vote – as well as engineering its sale to ITV. It has ‘great formats and breadth of programming’ says one rival, with another impressed by its ‘good span of shows across genres from docs to entertainment.’

ITV-owned The Garden takes second place. The producer of shows such as 24 Hours in A&E, 24 Hours in Police Custody and Posh People: Inside Tatler is ‘master of the rig show’ and a ‘documentary juggernaut’, according to its peers. Others say The Garden ‘consistently produces high quality original content’, while praising ‘great programmes, brilliantly made.’

Love, last year’s number one, is pipped into a respectable third place this year. Rivals cite its range of shows from Great British Bake Off to Benefits Street. ‘You can’t argue with Bake Off – it’s wonderful that a baking show outrates X Factor,’ says a rival. Another praises its ‘range of genres’, ‘quality formats’ and ‘ability to develop returning brands alongside award winning singles.’ Others note Love’s success in selling its shows around the world.

A perennial fixture in the Peer Poll, Wall to Wall is rated for its ‘quality output from Long Lost Family to Back in Time For Dinner.’ Wall to Wall has ‘still got the passion after 20 years’ and ‘continues to be brilliant.’ A fellow indie votes for Wall to Wall for ‘pumping out old staples while still successfully reinvigorating the factual genre with new shows like Back in Time for Dinner.’

‘Humans is totally brilliant, they have done it again!’, is one indie’s verdict on drama producer Kudos. With credits encompassing some of the best contemporary UK scripted output, Kudos is rated for ‘the consistent quality of its drama’ and for producing ‘great drama.’ The word ‘quality’ is mentioned many times by fans of Endemol Shine-owned Kudos, which makes shows ranging from Broadchurch to Spooks.

Discovery-owned Raw takes sixth place once again in the peer poll.
The Gold Rush indie is cited for
being ‘pioneers in the international space and able to mix clever and commercial brilliantly’. Others pick out Raw for ‘how they grew and sold a business’ and for being ‘a smart business.’ Indeed, Raw’s business acumen is rated highly. Raw combines ‘great docs and good business strategy,’ concludes one rival.

The Gogglebox and Undercover Boss indie appears once again in the Peer Poll. ‘Stephen Lambert continues to come up with simple, brilliant programmes,’ says one fellow indie. ‘Nothing has come close to the success and originality of Gogglebox in recent years’, adds another. Studio Lambert is cited for ‘really cracking the US market’.

Drama producer Red Production has had a storming year, with credits including The Driver, Cucumber and Last Tango in Halifax. The dramas have won Red plaudits for its ‘consistently high output’ and for ‘maintaining quality and originality across a large output’. Others rate the Red for ‘looking for new stories to be told’.

Making its debut in the Peer Poll, Minnow is highly regarded in the documentary fraternity. Recent productions have included The Detectives for BBC2 and Tsunami: Survivors’ Stories for ITV. Rivals describe Minnow as ‘impressive film makers consistently delivering must see programming with great access and production values’. Others pick out Minnow’s ‘creativity and tenacity’ and its ‘mix of popular and high quality factual.’

Blast! recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and has been on an upward curve in recent years.
This was confirmed by its recent acquisition by Sky. Blast is cited for its ‘mix of popular and high quality factual’ and because it ‘only makes quality films and series and has made a commercial model work
off the back of them’. Another says Blast has been ‘really building their company.’ 

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