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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

11 Hat Trick
md Jimmy Mulville turnover £47m hrs 45 key shows Have I Got News For You? (BBC1), Room 101 (BBC1), Some Girls (BBC3), The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (ITV), Boomers (BBC1), Dinner Date (ITV)

Veteran indie Hat Trick was launched back in 1986 by Jimmy Mulville, Denise O’Donoghue and Rory McGrath and is best know for producing long runners Have I Got News for You and Room 101.
One of the biggest and last remaining true indies, Hat Trick had an unhappy spell under private equity ownership but bought itself back in 2009. It has fared well since, producing diverse and returning shows across comedy, drama, entertainment and factual for a broad range of broadcasters including BBC1, BBC2, ITV, C4 and Sky.
Some 68% of Hat Trick’s revenues come from production for UK broadcasters, with another 14% from international broadcasters.
Like several indies with a heartland in comedy production, Hat Trick says a key challenge is the lack of comedy slots available at broadcasters. With this in mind, Hat Trick boss Jimmy Mulville was a leading light in the campaign to persuade the BBC to keep BBC3 as a channel.
Hat Trick also has minoirty stakes in three other indies: factual outfit Plum Pictures, Emma Read’s new indie Emporium Productions as well as comedy and drama indie Toff Media.

12 Remarkable
(Endemol Shine Group)
md fact Kitty Walshe md entJames Fox dir of prod Susan King turnover £46.9m hrs 412 key shows The Million Pound Drop (C4), Pointless (BBC1), Deal Or No Deal (C4)

Remarkable makes many of the UK’s best known formats. It has just unveiled a new management team, promoting James Fox and hiring Twofour’s Kitty Walsh.

13 Kudos
(Endemol Shine Group)
ceos Daniel Isaacs, Diederick Santer  turnover £45.3m hrs 2 key shows Vicious 2 (ITV), Broadchurch 2 (ITV), Humans (C4), Utopia (C4), Spooks - The Greater Good (film)

2015 marked the end of an era for top drama outfit Kudos, with the departure of ceo Jane Featherstone after 15 years. Kudos enjoyed acclaim and big ratings for Humans.

14 Initial
(Endemol Shine Group)
md Nick Samwell-Smith turnover £43m hrs 332 key shows Big Brother (C5), Celebrity Big Brother (C5), Big Box Little Box (ITV), The Singer Takes It All (C4)

Big Brother producer Initial continues to keep the format alive on C5, with the show helping to underpin the channel’s ratings. C5 signed a new three year deal for the show.

15 Red Production
(Studio Canal) ceo Nicola Shindler md Andrew Critchley turnover £35m key shows The Driver (BBC1), Scott and Bailey (ITV), Cucumber (C4), Last Tango in Halifax (BBC1), Ordinary Lies (BBC)

Drama indie Red Production produced a swathe of shows for multiple broadcasters this year.Red’s Happy Valley also won best drama series at the BAFTAs.

16 Shine TV
(Endemol Shine Group)
md Kelly Webb-Lamb creative director Tanya Shaw head of programming Tim Whitwell turnover £30.2m hrs 107.5 key shows MasterChef (BBC1), Junior MasterChef (CBBC) The Island with Bear Grylls (C4), Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites (BBC2)

MasterChef celebrated its 10th series last year and successfully continues to underpin Shine TV’s business. The indie, originally founded by Elisabeth Murdoch, has also built on the initial success of The Island With Bear Grylls, which won BAFTA and RTS awards, with a strong performing second series. The Island format has also sold  abroad, including NBC in the US.

17 RDF Television
(Zodiak Media/Banijay)
md Jim Allen
turnover £30m hrs 335 key shows Secret Life of 4 Year Olds (C4), 100 Year Old Drivers (ITV), Collectaholics (BBC2), Eat Well for Less (BBC1), 6 Puppies and Us (BBC2), Tipping Point (ITV), Dickinson’s Real Deal (ITV)

Factual and features producer RDF has done well in the competitive 8pm slot across all the mainstream networks. Secret Life of Four Year Olds was a notable one-off hit, and is now in production for an 8x60-min series for C4. Eat Well For Less has also been a strong performer, back for a brand new 8x60-min series this month. A ‘For Less’ franchise is rolling out in the UK and abroad.

18 Company
ceo Michele Buck head of production Cahal Bannon head of finance Wendy Pearce head of legal & business affairs Lisa Selway turnover £29.9m hrs 26 key shows Wolf Hall (BBC2), The Village 2 (BBC1), Inspector George Gently (BBC1), The Missing (BBC1)

There’s been plenty of drama on and off-screen at Company Pictures this year.
The All3Media-owned scripted outfit was behind two of the UK’s major drama hits, BBC2’s Wolf Hall (with Playground Entertainment), and BBC1’s The Missing.
Behind the scenes, md John Yorke left to be replaced by Michele Buck, the co-founder of Mammoth Screen, which was taken over by ITV this year.
Turnover is down from £52m to £29.9m at Company, which also produced the second series of The Village and the eighth series of George Gently. It’s likely that Company will look to make more high volume, returning shows of the kind that used to underpin its business, like Shameless, Skins and Wild at Heart.
Company says the business climate has been ‘challenging in a very competitive market’, a point echoed by many others in a drama sector that’s seen a slew of film and TV outfits chase big budget scripted projects. Company also says it is a challenge “achieving high end drama on budgets squeezed to the limit by increasing costs.”

19 Boundless
md Hannah Wyatt head of dev Hannah Brownhill head of prod Esther Johnson turnover £28.5m hrs 132.3 key shows The Apprentice (BBC1), Grand Designs (C4), Escape To The Country (BBC2)

Boundless’s Patrick Holland left this year to be BBC head of doc commissioning. Hannah Wyatt now oversees a slate that includes some of the UK’s best known factual shows.

20 Objective
ceo Layla Smith md Stuart Duthie head of production Debi Roach

turnover £25.8m hrs 93 key shows Fresh Meat (C4), The Cube (ITV), Toast of London (C4)
It’s been all change at Objective. A swathe of senior execs left to be replaced by former ITV entertainment controller Layla Smith. Turnover is down from £30.1m to £25.8m.

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