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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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Facilities 50 2009 Back to Reports & survey Listing

21 IBF/Storm hd
Mds Paul Ingvarsson, Andrew Denyer
Facility manager Gail Roberts
Customer service Gail Roberts Genres TV, corporate
Credits The Seasons with Alan Titchmarsh, Like Stars on Earth
Services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR), grading (2k), vfx (2d, 3d), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, film restoration, subtitling
Turnover £3.75m

Post house Storm HD, set up four years ago by owner operators Paul Ingvarsson and Tim Wheeler, sits within duplication, transation and audio outfit IBF. Broadcast TV, such as ITV’s The Seasons with Alan Titchmarsh, forms the bulk of Storm HD’s work but corporate also makes up a significant proportion of its work. Ingvarsson says the company’s key selling point is its “cutting edge technology and knowledge” which helps deliver client confidence. Storm HD offers audio, grading, vfx, full editing, DVD and film restoration services, as well as video streaming, encoding and subtitling. The plan for the year ahead is to “continue investing in leading edge technology,” adds Ingvarsson.

22 Air Post Production
Md Dan Gable
Facility manager Rona McHugh
Customer service Garry Williams
Genres TV, films
Credits Desperate Romantics, The Great Sperm Race, Le Donk
Services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR), grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, film (restoration, recording)
Turnover £6.5m
KIT 20th= PRODUCER 36th= TURNOVER 19th

Shoreditch’s Air Post Production sprang into life three months ago, after the re-brand of what was Breathe post production in Rivington Street and the opening of a new 7,000 sq ft facility on Singer Street, which is now Air Post Production’s head office.

The Singer Street office has 18 editing suites (nine FCP and nine Avid), vfx and grading rooms, and there are 11 audio suites in Rivington Street and at parent company’s Air Studios in Hampstead.

Sales and marketing manager Garry Williams believes Air can go the extra mile to assist its cash-strapped clients: ““We take a much more consultative approach, involving our post producers and technical team from pre-production onwards, ensuring cost savings throughout the post process.”

23 Unit
Md Adam Luckwell
Facility manager Kathy Wise
Genres TV, commercials
Credits Watchdog, Diesel XXX, Sky+ HD ad campaign
Services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR), grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray Turnover £3m
KIT 18th= PRODUCER 24th= TURNOVER 28th

Unit caused quite a stir when it first opened its doors three years ago as Soho’s original all-Apple, all-HD post house. It’s since expanded to 31 Apple FCP editing rooms, full audio post, 4k grading in two dedicated Color suites and full-service vfx on 15 workstations.

Half of Unit’s clients are in the broadcast sector while the rest are commercials producers, with a small proportion of corporate clients too. Creative highlights of the last year include working on The Viral Factory’s notorious, award winning Diesel XXX campaign and the BBC’s Watchdog.

Unit’s co-founder and md David Peto sold his shareholding in the company in January, handing over the reigns to Adam Luckwell. Luckwell’s ambition over the coming year is to further bolster Unit’s editing and finishing facilities, with a possible expansion into an additional building.

24 Splice tv
Mds Damian Dolniak, Duncan Western
Facility manager Ramit Anchal
Customer service Carl Phillips
Genres TV, corporate, ads, promos
Credits Neighbourhood Watched, Brothers In Arms: Basra, Battlefront
Services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR), grading (2k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, TV studios Turnover £1.8m
KIT 16th= PRODUCER 36th= TURNOVER 33rd

25 Twofour Digital
Md Paul Tarplee Facility manager Rick Horne
Customer service Rick Horne
Genres TV, corporate
Credits On Thin Ice, Big Chef Takes on Little Chef, Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old?
Services audio (5.1, ADR), grading (HD), editing, DVD, camera/crew hire
Turnover £8.5m
KIT 44th= PRODUCER 52nd= TURNOVER 14th

26 The Joint
Md Sarah Mackay
Facility manager Irene Waireri
Customer service Sarah Mackay, Irene Waireri, Ivan Rawlings
Genres TV, new media
Credits Take That Beautiful World, Frock Me, Jamie at Home Christmas Special
Services audio (5.1), grading (2k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD
Turnover £1.6m
KIT 34th= PRODUCER 24th= TURNOVER 36th=

27 Locomotion
Md Danny Coster
Facility manager Victoria Chamberlain
Customer service Russ Hughes
Genres Commercials, TV, new media, corp
Credits Little Howard, Music Video Awards titles
Services audio (5.1), grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d), editing, DVD, Blu-ray, film restoration, TV studios Turnover £3.7m
KIT 20th= PRODUCER 52nd= TURNOVER 26th

28 Pinewood Studios Group

Md Ivan Dunleavy
Customer service Nigel Bennett
Genres Films, TV
Credits Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR), grading (HD), telecine (2k), editing, film (restoration, recording), TV studios
Turnover £4.5m
KIT 31st= PRODUCER 57th= TURNOVER 21st

29 Exposure
Mds Paul Jones, Susan Jones
Facility manager Susan Jones
Customer service Kerry Prager, Lauren Pavey
Genres TV, films, corporate
Credits The Football League Enjoy the Match, Sudler Italy coporate video
Services audio (5.1, ADR), grading (HD), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray Turnover £1.2m
KIT 30th PRODUCER 27th= TURNOVER 42nd=

30 Soho Film Lab
Mds David Barrett, Adrian Bull, Simon Constable
Facility manager Neil Mockler
Customer service Jon Gray
Genres Film, TV, commercials
Credits Nanny McPhee 2, Greenzone, Telstar
Services grading (2k), telecine (2k), film restoration, film lab
Turnover £8m
KIT 38th= PRODUCER 66th= TURNOVER 16th

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