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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, 2016 Back to Reports & survey Listing

The Indie Groups

The UK indie sector has consolidated amid a spate of big money takeovers and deals over the past decade. However, the past 12 months has seen buyers become much more cautious about paying large sums to acquire indie producers. All3Media’s acquisition of drama indie New Pictures is the only major UK deal to take place this year.

Instead, the big indie groups have focused on funding start up indies or taking minority stakes in more established, but smaller producers. FremantleMedia, for example, has taken 25% stakes in fledgling indies including Dancing Ledge, Wild Blue Media, Dr Pluto and Man Alive. Channel 4 now has minority stakes in 11 indies through its Growth Fund. BBC Worldwide and Greenbird Media also have stakes in a number of indies.

The A-Z list opposite sets out the indies that each of the major groups owns outright or has minority stakes in. ITV Studios is the biggest group, with UK revenues of £574m. (Its indies do not take part in the Production 100 as ITV refuses to disclose turnover for its companies). ITV is followed by Endemol Shine (owned by Twenieth Century Fox and Apollo), All3Media (Discovery and Liberty Global) and Fremantle Media UK (RTL).

The superindie groups account for 76% of total revenues of production companies in the Production 100. This figure only includes indies which are majority owned by a parent company.

Indie groups

North One, Bentley, Optomen, Lion, Company, Lime, Maverick, Objective, Studio Lambert, Neal Street, New Pictures, Little Dot, Caravan

Leopard Films, Leopard Drama, Remedy, Windfall, The Bridge, BrightSpark, Transparent, Blacklisted Films

Avalon TV, Liberty Bell, Flame, Topical

RDF, IWC, Bwark, 
Touchpaper, Comedy Unit, Foundation

BBC Worldwide
Cuba, Amazing, Mighty, Red Planet, Greenbird Media, Lookout Point, Baby Cow, Clerkenwell, Sprout, House Productions, 72 Films

Channel 4
Barcroft, Arrow, Eleven Film, Lightbox Media, Popkorn Media, Renowned Films, Spelthorne Community TV, True North, Voltage, Whisper Films

Raw TV, Betty

Endemol Shine
Shine, Princess, Kudos, Dragonfly, Lovely Day, Brown Eyed Boy, Channel Flip, Remarkable, Tigress, Tiger Aspect, Zeppotron, DSP, Initial, House of Tomorrow, Artists Studio, Bandit, Cave Bear, Fifty Fathoms, Wild Mercury, Sidney Street, Douglas Road

Fremantle Media UK
Thames, Talkback, Boundless, Retort, Newman Street, Euston Films, Shotglass, Dancing Ledge, Full Fat TV, Wild Blue Media, Dr Pluto, Man Alive

Greenbird Media
Tuesday’s Child, Crackit, Rumpus, Handsome, Riverdog, Big Light, Hello Halo, Gobstopper, Pi, Top Hat

ITV Studios
12 Yard, Big Talk, The Garden, So Television, Mammoth Screen, Possesed, Noho, Cats on the Roof, Route 24, Twofour Group (Twofour, Boom, Boomerang, Mainstreet, Oxford Scientific, Delightful Industries)

Marcus Evans Group
World Productions

NBC Universal
Carnival, Monkey, Chocolate Media, Lucky Giant, Working Title TV, Heyday Television

Red Arrow
CPL, Nerd TV, Endor

Love, Blast!, Znak&Jones, Sugar

Left Bank, Gogglebox, Electric Ray, Stellify, Blueprint TV, Fable Pictures
Red Production

Firecracker, Mentorn, Pioneer, Sunset+Vine, Tinopolis Wales, Daybreak, Fiction Factory, fFatti

Tin Roof
Blink Films

Warner Bros
Wall to Wall, Ricochet, Twenty Twenty, Renegade, Headstrong, Watershed, Yalli

William Morris Endeavour

IMG Media

Zinc Media
Blakeway, Brook Lapping, 
Films of Record, Reef

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