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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

Studio Lambert
ceo Stephen Lambert creative director Tim Harcourt head of production Jo Crawley turnover £46.9m hrs 162.5 key shows Tattoo Fixers (E4), Gogglebox (C4), Steph and Dom Meets... (C4), Four in a Bed (C4)

A creative and commercial force in the indie sector, Studio Lambert has made its name with deceptively simple but brilliantly executed formats like Gogglebox and Tattoo Fixers. Gogglebox is now made all over the world. The indie’s latest is the headline grabbing Naked Attraction for C4.
Studio Lambert has also made strong headway in the United States with commissions like Undercover Boss for CBS, and has an office in Los Angeles.
Last year, Studio Lambert pushed into scripted, hiring Susan Hogg as head of drama. It recently won its first commission for Three Girls, about the Rochdale grooming and sexual abuse scandal. Starring Maxine Peake and Lesley Sharpe, the three-parter is made with BBC Studios for BBC1.
Rival indies rate Studio Lambert for having a ‘brilliant sense of what the audience really wants’ and ‘winning commissions hand over fist’.
Revenues are down slightly from £49.5m last year. 38% of revenues come from UK production, 44% from production for international broadcasters.

(Endemol Shine Group)
md Mirella Breda turnover £45.5m key shows Big Brother & Celebrity Big Brother (C5), The Almost Impossible Gameshow (ITV2), Soccer Aid (ITV), Up Late with Rylan (C5)

Initial continues to run Big Brother for C5. It also won a two series order of The Almost Impossible Gameshow for ITV2, also sold to MTV in the US.

Shine TV
(Endemol Shine Group)
md Tanya Shaw creative director Tim Whitwell turnover £39.5m hrs 124.75 key shows MasterChef (BBC1), The Island with Bear Grylls (C4), Hunted (C4)

MasterChef has long been the bedrock of Shine, but it has also made two of TV’s most talked about factual shows: The Island and Hunted.

(Endemol Shine Group)
md fact Kitty Walshe md ent James Fox dir of prod Susan King turnover £34.6m hrs 274 key shows Bodyshockers (C4), Pointless (BBC), £100k House (BBC)

Format specialist Remarkable last year unveiled a new management team, promoting James Fox and hiring Twofour’s Kitty Walsh.

Hat Trick
md Jimmy Mulville dir of operations Kate Wilson turnover £31m hrs 77 key shows Have I Got News For You? (BBC1), Room 101 (BBC1), Boomers (BBC1), Dinner Date (ITVbe), You, Me and Them (Sky), Critical (Sky)

Still going strong, Hat Trick has a slate of long running returning formats and a healthy drama department (The Secret, Critical).

RDF Television
(Banijay UK)
md Jim Allen turnover £30.5m hrs 335 key shows Secret Life of Brothers & Sisters (C4), Eat Well for Less (BBC1), Shop Well for Less (BB2), Tipping Point Lucky Stars (ITV)

The largest production company within Banijay Group’s indie portfolio, factual and features producer RDF has offices in London and Bristol.
The indie has done well in the competitive 8pm slot with features such as Eat Well for Less and Secret Life Of...
RDF’s entertainment label Fizz produces daytime quiz show Tipping Point for ITV.

Red Production
(Studio Canal)
ceo Nicola Shindler md Andrew Critchley creative dir Caroline Horlick turnover £30m hrs 23.5 key shows Prey 2 (ITV), The Five (Sky1),  Happy Valley 2 (BBC), Scott and Bailey (ITV)

Red is a writer friendly outfit with strong reputation for distinctive dramas set in the North. After a hiatus several years ago, Red has been firing on all cylinders winning acclaim for shows such as Happy Valley. Netflix has just signed on a co-producer of its upcoming ITV drama Paranoid. Md Andrew Critchley says Red has £33m of drama greenlit from the end of this year into next.

Bentley Productions
md Jo Wright head of dev Aimee Rowling turnover £26.8m hrs 8 key shows Midsomer Murders (ITV1), Harry Price: Ghost Hunter (ITV)

Bentley is home to long running ITV series Midsomer Murders, set to return next year for its 19th series. Launched back in 1997, the show is one of the most successful UK television exports ever.
Bentley also produced well reviewed ITV drama Harry Price: Ghost Hunter, based on Neil Spring’s novel.
Some 35% of Bentley’s revenues come from production for UK broadcasters, 47% from UK rights income and 18% from international rights income.

(NBCUniversal International Studios)
md David Granger creative dir Will McDonald turnover £26m hrs 51 key shows Made in Chelsea (C4), Real Housewives of Cheshire (ITVBe)

Reality specialist Monkey’s key show is tabloid favourite Made in Chelsea. It also had a hand in reviving Chris Evans’ TFI Friday for Channel 4.

md Hannah Wyatt head of prod Esther Johnson turnover £24.8m hrs 114.0 key shows The Apprentice (BBC1), Grand Designs (C4), Escape To The Country (BBC1)

Boundless is home to some of the UK’s top factual shows, such as Grand Designs. New series include BBC2’s Cats v Dogs: Which is Best?

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