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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

21 Princess
(Endemol Shine Group) mds Conor Baily, Emma Hardy turnover £24m hrs 804.5 key shows The Wright Stuff (C5), Got To Dance (Sky1), Sunday Brunch (C4), The National Lottery Live (BBC1)

Turnover is up from £17m to £24m at Princess. It produced 686 hours of daytime staples The Wright Stuff and Sunday Brunch. Princess cites ad funded shows as a growth area.

22 Talkback
md Leon Wilson head of prod Beatrice Gay head of progs James Longman turnover £22.3m hrs 56.5 key shows QI (BBC2), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2), Celebrity Juice (ITV2)

Entertainment powerhouse Talkback has edged up turnover from £22.9m to £25m. Md Leon Wilson says highlights include “maintaining the quality and quantity” of Celebrity Juice.

23 Lion Television
mds Richard Bradley, Nick Catliff, Shahana Meer turnover £18.3m hrs 128 key shows Homes Under The Hammer (BBC1), Horrible Histories (CBBC), Underground Britain (C5),  How Safe is Your House (BBC1), Dambuster’s Great Escape (C4), Sexy Beasts (BBC3), Officially Amazing (CBBC)

Lion Television co-founder Jeremy Mills, one of the indie sector’s longest serving bosses, stepped down in the spring after 18 years. Nick Catliff, Shahana Meer and Richard Bradley remain as managing directors, steering the factual, entertainment and kids producer. Lion’s long running Horrible Histories continues to be a kids favourite.

North one
ceo Neil Duncanson md Steve Gowans gerenal manager Andrew Simmonds turnover £18.2m hrs 535 key shows Fifth Gear (C5), The Gadget Show (C5), Gadget Man (C4), Our Guy in India (C4), Storage Hunters (Dave, Isle of Man TT (ITV)

North One jumps to 24th place in the Production 100, up from 47th last year. The factual and sports producer has had a good year, with stand out shows including Dave hit Storage Hunters and the acclaimed Our Guy in India for C4.  General manager Andrew Simmonds says growth is coming from, “UK broadcasters, especially multichannel, and we continue to target the US.”

25 ITN Poductions
md Mark Browning editorial director Chris Shaw commercial director Robin Gibson turnover £16.7m hrs 461.52 key shows Young Vets (BBC2) The Agenda (ITV), Harry at 30 (ITV), Alternative Election Night (C4), Road Rage Britain (ITV), How Safe are Our Planes (C4), Secret Life of Pets (C5)

ITN Productions was launched back in 2010 as the creative and commercial production arm of ITN, part of a bid by the news organisation to diversify. It has grown rapidly since, not just in TV but also in commercials, branded content and sport. Revenue is up 44% to £16.7m year on year, on the back of 36 broadcast commissions.
Highlights of the year include Children of the Frontline, produced for Dispatches, winning Bafta, RTS and Peabody Awards. In February, ITN Productions was also awarded a three year deal to film and edit footage from Football League matches, marking its first move into television sport output. This built on a digital deal with News UK to supply clips of Premier League football, rugby, England Cricket and the FA Cup.
ITN has also invested heavily in post production too.
ITN is looking to expand into daytime factual and factual entertainment, producing shows such as Young Vets and The Secret Life of Pets. It is also pushing out internationally with its first 10-part commission for Discovery ID – Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen. - due to air later this year.

26 Red Planet
md Tony Jordan head of drama Belinda Campbell head of production Alex Jones turnover £16.7m hrs 12 key shows Death In Paradise (BBC1), The Passing Bells (BBC1), The Ark (BBC1)

One of the biggest truly indie drama producers, Red Planet produced 12 hours of scripted in the past year. Red Planet says it has a number of commissions for the year ahead.

=27 Firecracker
ceo Sue Oriel cco Jes Wilkins creative director Jeremy Groman turnover £16m hrs 30 key shows Don’t Look Down (C4), Worst Place to be a Pilot (C4), Quiz Nights (Sky1)

Firecracker’s hit Gypsy Weddings franchise lives on with a fifth season produced in the US. Branded content is proving a major growth area, now accounting for 24% of revenues.

=27 Betty
(Discovery Studios Group)
mds Neil Smith, Matthew Littleford turnover £16m hrs 57 key shows Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (C4), The Undateables (C4), Bear Grylls: Mission Survive (ITV)

Betty is run by new co-mds Neil Smith and Matthew Littleford after the departure of founder Liz Warner. Betty says the UK market is strong, particularly for specialist factual.

=27 Mentorn
ceo John Willis creative director Mark Roberts finance director Jennifer Roberts turnover £16m key shows Angry White & Proud (C4), Question Time (BBC1), Traffic Cops (BBC1)

Veteran exec John Willis is set to step back from day to day running of the Question Time producer, with Wall to Wall exec Jonathan Hewes taking over as chief executive.

30 CPL Productions
(Red Arrow)
md Danielle Lux creative dir Murray Boland director of prod Heather Hampson turnover £15.9m hrs 65.5 key shows Decimate (BBC1), A League Of Their Own (Sky1), Briitish Comedy Awards (C4), Off Their Rockers (ITV1)

CPL, an entertainment producer of shows like A League of Their Own, is now active across factual, comedy and drama. Factual format Married at First Sight made waves for C4. CPL is also set to announce a six part drama commission, and it has secured development funding for a comedy too. In the past year CPL has produced quiz Decimate, a third series of Off their Rockers and series seven of All Star Mr and Mrs.

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