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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

91 Magic Light
mds Martin Pope, Michael Rose brand director Daryl Shute head of sales Muriel Thomas turnover £2.54m key shows Stick Man (BBC1), Room On The Broom (BBC1)

=92 Pilot Film & Television
md Ian Cross turnover £2.5m key shows Globe Trekker

Pilot makes travel-led programmes, producing over 300 hours of shows since it launched back in 1990. Its Globe Trekker series, also known as Pilot Guides, broadcasts in over 40 countries including PBS in the US and ABC in Australia. Pilot produced the 17th series of the show in 2014. Md Ian Cross says the company has focused on ‘ongoing adaptation’ to the digital revolution in the past year. It’s not an easy migration: “Digital cents replace the analogue dollar,” he says.

=92 Thumbs Up
md Marty Redman head of development TJ Sherbrooke turnover £2.5m hrs 16 key shows Jodie Marsh on Women Who Pay for Sex (TLC), Horsetown (Ride), How Not To Kill Your Husband (Investigation Discovery)

Factual and entertainment producer Thumbs Up is set for a busy year ahead. Sky is to revive the indie’s Britain’s Next Top Model for a new ten-part series in 2016. The series last aired back in 2013. Asked about the outlook for next year, head of development TJ Sherbrooke said: “Great – BNTM is back!”

=92 Quicksilver
md Eamonn Matthews head of production Natalie Triebwasser executive producers Monica Garnsey, Danny Bogado turnover £2.5m hrs 12 key shows Unreported World (C4)

Oxford-based Quicksilver is a factual and current affairs specialist. It produces C4’s long-running and acclaimed Unreported World series, which picked up an Emmy nomination this year.
Other recent films include Selling Off Britain, presented by Will Hutton, and Manhunt: Closing in on a British Paedophile, both for Channel 4.
Md Eamonn Matthews says a key challenge of the past year has been the “increasing danger for filmmakers working abroad.”

95 Sixteen South
creative dir Colin Williams head of dev Michelle Forde head of prod Tim Bryans turnover £2.3m hrs 34.7 key shows Lily’s Driftwood Bay (Nick Junior/C5)

96 HCA Entertainment
ceo Henry Cole md Hamish Rieck exec producer Josh Elliot turnover £2.2m hrs 46 key shows Barnfinders (C4), The Motorbike Show (ITV4), Shed and Buried (ITV4/Travel Channel)

97 House Of Tomorrow
(Endemol Shine) md Annabel Jones creative dir Charlie Brooker turnover £2m hrs 7 shows Black Mirror (C4), Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe (BBC2)

98 Topical
(Avalon) md Chris Riley turnover £1.91m hrs 21.5 key shows Caught Red Handed (BBC), The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door (C5), Close Call on Camera (BBC)

=99 Brook Lapping
(Ten Alps) exec prods Brian Lapping, Norma Percy, Lucy Van Beek turnover £1.9m hrs 2 key shows Exposure: The Kill List (ITV1), Extreme Brat Camp (C4)

=99 Films of Record
(Ten Alps) md Neil Grant turnover £1.9m hrs 5.5 key shows The Battle for British Islam (BBC1), Children’s Hospital at Christmas (C5), Monty Python’s Meaning of Live (UK Gold)

=99 Newman Street
(FremantleMedia UK) 
md Paul Marquess 
head of prod Rebecca Parkinson turnover £1.9m hrs 8 key shows Suspects (C5)

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