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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

61 Retort
(FremantleMedia UK) md Jon Rolph turnover £6.9m hrs 7.5 shows Count Arthur Strong (BBC2), Birds of a Feather (ITV)

62 Wild pictures
md/creative dir Paul Hamann dir of prod Diana Hunter turnover £6.4m hrs 26 key shows Fraud Squad (ITV), Kids Behind Bars (ITV), The Zoo (ITV)

63 Oxford Scientific
(Twofour/ITV Studios) ceo Clare Birks creative dir Caroline Hawkins turnover £6.1m hrs 15 key shows Animals in Love (BBC1), Wild Weather (BBC1)

64 Tigress
(Endemol Shine Group) md Dick Colthurst creative dirPete Lawrence turnover £5.8m hrs 19 key shows Marooned with Ed Stafford (Discovery)

65 Reef
(Ten Alps) ceo Richard Farmbrough md Paul Hanrahan turnover £5.7m hrs 88 key shows Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (BBC), Selling Houses with Amanda Lamb (More4)

66 Touchpaper
(Zodiak Media)
md Rob Pursey 
turnover £5.5m hrs 8 
key shows Cara Fi (Love Me) (S4C), Charlie (RTE)

67 Tern
md David Strachan creative dir Harry Bell turnover £5.5m hrs 50 key shows John Barrowman’s Small Animal Hospital (C4), Air Ambulance ER (Sky1), Big Fish Man (Discovery)

68 Liberty Bell
(Avalon) turnover £5.3m hrs 20.1 key shows Dave Gorman: Modern Life is Goodish (Dave), Diary of a Children’s Hospital (ITV1), Joke Machine (CBBC), Al Murray’s Great British War Movies

=69 Boomerang
(Twofour Group/ITV Studios) md Gareth Rees creative directors Tess Cuming, Dylan Davies turnover £5.2m hrs 50 key shows Posh Pawn (C4), Clare Balding Sho (BBC2/BT Sport), GT Academy (ITV4)

Cardiff-based Boomerang is part of the Twofour Group, now owned by ITV Studios. It says it’s seeing exciting opportunities around the increased push by broadcasters to commission from the nations. C4 has recommissioned Posh Pawn, while Boomerang has also had its first major daytime series with Posh Pawnbrokers. Md Gareth Rees says the success of Posh Pawn has ‘led to significant growth and corresponding investment in our development team.’ The Clare Balding Show now airs on BT Sport and BBC2.

=69 Burning Bright Productions
md Clive Tulloh chairman Peter Bennett-Jones director of production Toby Ward turnover £5.2m hrs 13.5 key shows Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure (ITV), 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy (Sky), Almost Royal (E4)

Launched in 2011 by former Tiger Aspect head of entertainment Clive Tulloh and Tiger Aspect founder Peter Bennett-Jones, Burning Bright is backed by BBC Worldwide. It has had a strong year, with 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy recommissioned for a second series by Sky and Joanna Lumley crossing Siberia for a three part series for ITV. Director of production Toby Ward describes the business climate as “challenging”.

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