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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

81 Victory TV
(Sony Pictures TV) md Victoria Ashbourne creative dir Stuart Shawcross dir of prod Annie King turnover £3.6m hrs 36 key shows Draw It! (C4), Win Your Wish List (BBC1)

82 Flame
(Avalon) head of features Matthew Gordon turnover £3.5m hrs 77.25 key shows Heir Hunters (BBC1), Don’t Get Done Get Dom (BBC1), Saints & Scroungers (BBC1)

83 Comedy Unit
(Zodiak Media)
md Rab Christie
turnover £3.4m hrs 14
key shows Rab C Nesbitt: ‘Hoodie’ (BBC2), Scotland In A Day (C4), The Rory Review (BBC1 Scotland)

Part of Zodiak Media, The Comedy Unit is best known for its long running series Rab C Nesbitt - which began life starring Gregor Fisher back in 1990. The last outing was last year’s Christmas special, Hoodie.
In the past year, The Comedy Unit has also produced The Rory Review, featuring satirist Rory Bremner taking a comic look at the topics that got Scotland talking in 2014. Keeping with the Scottish focus, The Comedy Unit was also behind C4’s Scottish Referendum-pegged Scotland in a Day, Jack Docherty’s comedy focusing on life north of the border.
The Comedy Unit produces scripted comedy and entertainment across TV, radio, digital and theatre.
Run by managing director Rab Christie, Glasgow-based The Comedy Unit has ten staff and produced 14 hours of programming in the past year.
The Comedy Unit’s parent company Zodiak has just announced a merger with European production group Banijay, the latest in a round of superindie consolidation. Other indies in the Zodiak group include RDF Media, IWC, Touchpaper, Foundation, Red House and Bwark.

84 Nerd
(Red Arrow) md Jago Lee creative dir John Farrar turnover £3.3m hrs 15 key shows 90s: 10 Years That Changed The World (C4), Extreme Car Hoarders (Discovery)

85 Knickerbockerglory
exec prod Jonathan Stadlen head of dev Danny Whitfield turnover £3.05m hrs 21 key shows GP’s Behind Closed Doors (C5), South Side Story (BBC3)

86 Britespark Films
(Argonon) creative dir Nick Godwin head of dev Will Robson head of prod Nan Oliver turnover £3m hrs 7 key shows Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords (C5)

87 Red House
(Zodiak Media) md John Silver turnover £2.8m hrs 20 key shows Sarah Beeny’s Double Your House for Half the Money (C4), Sarah Beeny’s How to Sell Your Home (C4)

88 Back2back
md David Notman-Watt head of prod Fiona Fletcher head of dev Holly Bigsby turnover £2.72m hrs 20 key shows Webcam Girls (C5), Cars That Rock with Brian Johnson (Quest)

89 Indus
(Twofour Group/ITV Studios)  creative dir Jamie Balment dir of progs Lucy Carter turnover £2.7m hrs 18.5 key shows The Mekong River with Sue Perkins (BBC2)

90 3DD
ceo Dominic Saville coo Jennifer Bentley head of prod Lyndy Saville turnover £2.6m hrs 60 key shows Discovering Music, Discovering Film, The Vietnam War

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