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  • The Production 100
    Tim Dams introduces Televisual’s exclusive Production 100 survey of the indie television sector, now in its 26th year, and finds the rise of the streamers is creating opportunity –but also plenty of anxiety. The report includes the top 100 indies, the
  • The Genre report: Factual TV
    Demand for factual is growing as channels fight ever harder for audiences. Televisual Factual Festival producer Pippa Considine reports
  • All the Fun of the Fair
    ITV and Amazon’s new Vanity Fair adaptation demanded a period drama with a modern sensibility. But how was that balancing act achieved? Jon Creamer reports
  • The Art of the Vfx Super
    Creativity, tech know-how and a cool head are essential attributes for a vfx supervisor. Three top supers tell Jon Creamer how they help create screen magic
  • Channel 4's big move
    Three cities are still in the running for the new out-of-London Channel 4 HQ and three for the two creative hubs. The indies in those cities say the potential prize is immense. Jon Creamer reports
  • IBC preview
    IBC is a great place to check out both new launches and to get your hands on something already announced at NAB. Here’s a small taste of what’s likely to be on offer
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Production 100, 2015 Back to Reports & survey Listing

31 Zig Zag
ceo Danny Fenton coo Kevin Utton commercial director Matt Graff acting head of production Miranda Durrant head of talent and operations Mia Freedman financial director David Smith turnover £15.6m hrs 79 key shows Troy (C4), Ultimate Brain (CBBC), I Wanna Marry Harry (ITV2)

Set up in 1999 by Danny Fenton and Kevin Utton, Zig Zag works with UK and US broadcasters on factual, factual entertainment, sport, entertainment and kids shows. Zig Zag won a second series for magic show Troy, and has picked up a number of returning series over the past year. However, Zig Zag’s I Wanna Marry Harry – a high profile US commission from NBC – was dropped mid-run.

32 Love Productions
(Sky Ventures)
ceo and chief creative officer Richard McKerrow ceo and creative director Anna Beattie creative director Kieran Smith md Letty Kavanagh turnover £15.3m hrs 51.9 key shows The Great British Bake Off (BBC1), The Great British Sewing Bee (BBC2), Benefits Street (C4)

Love’s The Great British Bake Off continues to defy expectations. Last summer’s final outrated the World Cup Final and X Factor, and the start of this year’s show opened with 9.3m viewers – two million up on last year’s opener. It’s a phenomenon of a show that has spawned multiple format sales around the world. Hardly surprising then that Love says 25.5% of its revenues now come from international rights income. 
Now owned by Sky, Love also continues to generate headlines with its factual output, notably Immigration Street and the second series of Benefits Street.
It also worked with Comic Relief on a film about female genital mutilation, Stop Cutting Our Girls. And Love produced A Big Night for Warwick Davis, for BBC2’s Modern Times strand - which is nominated for a Grierson Award.
Yet Love’s md Letty Kavanagh, in common with many other indies, says it is a challenge to meet broadcaster demand for bigger and bolder editorial ideas with smaller production budgets. The outlook for the year ahead for Love? “Positive, diverse, expanding and exciting,” says Kavanagh.

33 Bentley
(All3Media) md Jo Wright head of dev Aimee Rowling head of finance Meredith Wilson business affairs Jeremy Miles turnover £14.9m hrs 8 key shows Midsomer Murders (ITV1)

34 Optomen
(All3Media) ceo and joint md Pat Llewellyn creative dir and joint md Sue Murphy coo Helen Manley turnover £14.7m hrs 36 key shows Great British Menu (BBC2)

35 Input Media
exec chairman David Wood md Neil Oughton deputy md Mark Hands-Heart dir of business dev Claire Murphy turnover £14.6m hrs 2800 key shows Chelsea TV, Bowls (BBC)

36 Zeppotron
(Endemol Shine Group) mds Peter Holmes, Ruth Phillips dir of ops Debra Blenkinsop turnover £14.2m hrs 52 key shows 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4), Would I Lie To You? (BBC1)

37 Rondo
ceo Gareth Williams finance dir Alywyn Davies chair Susan Waters turnover £14.1m hrs 396 key shows Frozen at Christmas (C4), My Tattoo Addiction (C4), Rownd a Rownd (S4C), Clwb (S4C), Codi Hwyl (S4C)

38 Bwark
(Zodiak Media/Banijay) md Ron Henwood turnover £14m hrs 7 key shows Drifters (E4), Siblings (BBC3), The Inbetweeners Go Global (E4), The Inbetweeners Movie 2

39 Maverick
(All3Media) chief creative dir Mark Downie dirof prod Allison Todd turnover £13.6m hrs 52 key shows Embarrassing Bodies (C4), Operation Ouch (CBBC), Born Naughty (C4)

=40 STV Productions
(STV Group) dir of content Alan Clements deputy dir of content Liam Hamilton creative dir Dan Korn turnover £13.5m hrs 131 key shows Antiques Road Trip (BBC1)

=40 Off The Fence
md Allison Bean head of production Karen Meehan ceo Ellen Windemuth coo Darrel James turnover £13.5m hrs 40 key shows Supercar Salesman (C4), Destination Wild (Nat Geo)

Factual producer Off the Fence is an internationally focused outfit with offices in Bristol, Amsterdam and LA among others. COO Darrel James says the company has the ‘best visibility’ in its production pipeline since the production arm was set up in 2006. Off The Fence has raised some $5m in brand and private equity funding in the past year, he adds.

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