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Production 100, 2015 Back to Reports & survey Listing

Welcome to 2015’s Production 100, the latest in Televisual’s long line of reports on the UK television production sector that stretch back to 1993.

The combined turnover of the top 100 production companies stands at £1.77bn this year, down from last year’s £1.93bn and 2013’s £2.1bn.

These headline figures point to a downturn in the sector, although that is not strictly true as year on year comparisons are hard to make.

Each year a number of production companies choose not to take part in the Production 100. Consolidation has in some ways made compiling the survey harder, with some superindie owners reticent about revealing the relative fortunes of their many acquired indies.

This year, for the first time, two of the US superindie groups, NBC Universal and Warner Bros, declined to enter their production companies. ITV has long refused to take part, saying that as a listed company it will not separate out the turnover of each of its production labels, such as Big Talk, So TV and The Garden.

In their absence we conclude that the fortunes of the sector has plateaued this year.

A number of larger producers – such as Avalon, Tiger Aspect and Hat Trick – have had a very good year, with turnover significantly up.

A handful of drama outfits – Left Bank, Neal Street and Red – have also seen turnover shoot up on the back of big budget commissions.

But many of the larger production companies have seen turnover dip, amid signs that growth is becoming harder to achieve in today’s market. Seven out of last year’s top ten have posted turnover falls.

Some of the slack has been picked up by smaller, independent outfits
like Arrow, Wild Pictures, Burning Bright, Eleven Film, Minnow Films and Knickerbockerglory.

HOW THE SURVEY WORKS
Every year, we send survey forms to TV production companies and ask a series of questions. The facts provided, which relate to the period July 2014-June 2015, form the basis of the Production 100. The top 100 are ranked according to the turnover of their UK operations. Turnover figures are for the period July 2014-June 2015 or the nearest equivalent. Many thanks to all the companies who took part.

Tim Dams, Editor

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